Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that the Brewers have agreed to a one-year contract with reliever Neal Cotts. The deal is worth $3 million, per FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.
Cotts didn’t pitch in the majors from 2010-2012 after Tommy John surgery and hip surgeries, but he bounced back with a 2.84 ERA in 131 appearances with the Rangers over the past two seasons. The 34-year-old southpaw wasn’t nearly as effective last year, as his ERA jumped from a stingy 1.11 to 4.32, but he still averaged 8.5 K/9 while appearing in a career-high 73 games. He has actually posted better numbers against right-handed batters than left-handed batters during his career, so he doesn’t exactly fit the mold of a lefty specialist.
The Brewers likely aren’t done adding to their bullpen, as they have been involved in trade talks for Jonathan Papelbon and haven’t ruled out a return for free agent Francisco Rodriguez. As of now, Jonathan Broxton projects as the in-house favorite at closer if they don’t make a move.
Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. hit his 40th home run in today’s 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. In so doing he become only the third player to hit 40 homers at age 21 or younger, joining Hall of Famers Mel Ott and Eddie Matthews, who hit 42 and 47, respectively, before turning 22. Ott was only 20 in fact.
Home run marks are a dime a dozen this year, of course, so maybe you want to discount Acuña’s accomplishment. Even if you do, though, you can’t discount his wheels. He didn’t have a stolen base this afternoon but he does have 37 on the year and has over a week to swipe three more. If he does he’ll become a member of the exclusive 40/40 club. It’s only current members: Jose Canseco, Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez and Alfonso Soriano.
The Braves win clinches at least a tie for the NL East title. They’ll clinch the division outright if either they win or the Nationals lose tomorrow.