The Brewers announced that the club has traded reliever Neal Cotts to the Twins for a player to be named or cash considerations. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported on Friday afternoon that Cotts had been claimed on revocable waivers.
Cotts, 35, put up a 3.28 ERA with a 48/17 K/BB ratio in 49 1/3 innings of relief for the Brewers. He signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Brewers at the end of January, coming off of a mediocre 2014 campaign with the Rangers.
Cotts, a veteran of 10 seasons, has a career 3.96 ERA. He is carrying a significant platoon split this season, allowing an .847 OPS to right-handed hitters but only .576 to lefties.
Ken Rosenthal reports that the Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a five-year $15.5 million deal with pitcher Freddy Peralta. There are two club options as well, which would nearly double the overall value of the contract if exercised.
Peralta, who turns 24 in June, has amazing stuff. He has struggled so far, having posted a 4.79 ERA in 163.1 major league innings across two seasons, but people who follow him closely believe that he’s primed for a breakthrough. For now he’s a reliever — he’ll likely be a multi-inning fireman for the 2020 season — but he has was mostly a starter in his rookie year before assuming swingman duties last season. He could become one again if things break right in his development. Sort of a Brandon Woodruff track.
If that happens the Brewers will, quite obviously, have a bargain on their hands. If not, at least Peralta has some security on his.