Reliever Neal Cotts agrees to one-year deal

January, 15, 2014
Jan 15
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One down, three to go.

The Texas Rangers and left-handed pitcher Neal Cotts have agreed on a one-year contract for the 2014 season worth $2.2 million as Cotts becomes the first of the club's four arbitration players to sign.

That leaves pitchers Neftali Feliz and Alexi Ogando and infielder/DH Mitch Moreland as the remaining arbitration-eligible players. If the Rangers can't sign those players to contracts by Friday, the two sides will exchange figures and a hearing date will be set for sometime in February. The Rangers haven't been to a hearing since Lee Stevens in 2000.

Cotts, in his first big league action since 2009, was 8-3 with a 1.11 ERA and 65 strikeouts in 57 innings over his 58 appearances with the Rangers. He tied for the major-league lead in relief wins and had the second-lowest ERA, the best in club history for a relief pitcher.

Cotts opened the year at Triple-A Round Rock and was 3-1 with a 0.78 ERA in 15 games before his promotion to Texas on May 21. From that date on, his 58 appearances were the most of any major league pitcher.

Cotts is 18-15 with a 3.99 ERA in 342 career games with the White Sox, Cubs, and Rangers. He missed all of the 2010 and 2011 seasons because of injuries.
Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Leonys Martin
BA HR RBI R
.315 1 9 4
OTHER LEADERS
HRR. Chirinos 2
RBIL. Martin 9
RE. Andrus 11
OPSS. Choo .827
WM. Perez 3
ERAY. Darvish 0.82
SOY. Darvish 23