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.
The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Brewers have signed infielder Brock Holt. Contract details are not yet known.
Holt, 31, spent most of the last six years as a part-time player with the Red Sox, playing a little bit of a lot of positions. Last year, he hit .297/.369/.402 with 19 extra-base hits, 31 RBI, and 38 runs scored in 295 plate appearances. He spent a majority of his time at second base but also logged time at first base, shortstop, third base, and both corner outfield spots.
It will be interesting to see how the Brewers deploy Holt. His best chances at playing time would figure to be at third base and shortstop.