Rangers pull back Neal Cotts off waivers, won’t trade him

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Texas not trading impending free agent reliever Neal Cotts before the July 31 deadline was surprising and now they’re going to hang onto the left-hander for the rest of the season.

Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that Cotts was claimed off recovable waivers by an undisclosed team and the Rangers couldn’t work out a deal, so they pulled him back.

That means Cotts can’t be traded, so the 34-year-old setup man with a 3.48 ERA and 58 strikeouts in 54 innings will play out the string with a last-place team and the Rangers will let him walk for nothing this offseason.

Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.