Nationals interested in Rangers reliever Neal Cotts

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Dating back to the offseason we’ve seemingly had around a million posts about the Nationals looking for left-handed relief help and now Bill Ladson of MLB.com says they’re interested in Rangers left-hander Neal Cotts.

Cotts is a 34-year-old impending free agent, so most people assumed the Rangers would move him before the July 31 trade deadline like they did with fellow veteran setup man Jason Frasor.

Ladson reports that the Rangers “don’t like what teams have been offering for Cotts,” but the problem is that now he’d have to get to the late-positioned Nationals on waivers in order for a trade to be possible in August.

Cotts had a career 4.63 ERA through 2009 and didn’t pitch in the majors at all from 2010-2012, but since joining the Rangers in 2013 he’s thrown 105 innings with a 2.14 ERA and 117/36 K/BB ratio.

Phillies COVID testing reports no new positives

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Phillies COVID testing results revealed no new positives for the fourth straight day, the team announced this morning. As a result, they will resume their schedule tonight against the Yankees.

It’ll be the first game for the Phillies since last Sunday’s game against the Marlins. The Miami outbreak prompted the Phillies’ season to be shut down, but the lack of positive tests beyond team staff that had more direct contact with the visiting Marlins is an encouraging sign. The Phillies COVID testing strongly suggests that cross-team infection from on-the-field activity is not a significant problem. This could bode well for, say, the Brewers, who have been idled a few days due to the outbreak emerging on their would-be opponents this past weekend, the St. Louis Cardinals.

All of this, of course, puts the Phillies well behind their usual schedule. They’ve played just three games and have had minimal baseball activity in the past eight days. Whether that shows up in the performances of Jake Arrieta and Aaron Nola, tonight and tomorrow night’s starters, respectively, will be worth watching.

All in all, though, the Phillies COVID testing results are good news. And folks, we could use some good news right now.

UPDATE: The Marlins are negative too: