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.
Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen would have opened the regular season on the injured list if it had started on time. Now, with the start of the season pushed back at least a few months due to coronavirus (COVID-19), the veteran five-time All-Star says he will be “ready to go” whenever the season begins, he told NBC Sports Philadelphia.
McCutchen, 33, tore his ACL in early June, ending his 2019 campaign. To that point, he had been quite productive for the Phillies, batting .256/.378/.457 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI over 262 plate appearances. If and when the 2020 season does begin, he will likely reprise his role as the leadoff hitter, this time under new manager Joe Girardi.
2020 marks the second year of McCutchen’s three-year, $50 million contract initially signed with the Phillies in December 2018. The Phillies also hold a $15 million club option for the 2022 season with a $3 million buyout.