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Twins acquire Neal Cotts

The left-handed reliever is headed to Minnesota.

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UPDATE -- The Twins acquired Cotts in exchange for a player to be named later or cash, the Brewers announced on Twitter.


The Milwaukee Brewers sell-off looks to be continuing as left-handed reliever Neal Cotts has been claimed on waivers, according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal:

This is Cotts' first season with Milwaukee after spending time with both Chicago clubs and Texas. He signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Brewers entering the season, so the team acquiring him would be on the hook for roughly $1 million in salary.

The 35-year-old has a 3.28 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in 49⅓ innings this season with 48 strikeouts against just 17 walks. The is Cotts' third season back in the big leagues after missing 2010, 2011 and 2012 with arm injuries.

Cotts has a 3.96 ERA and 1.35 WHIP in his 10-year career, and has been equally effective against hitters from both sides of the plate, with righties posting a .719 OPS against him in his career compared to a .733 mark for left-handed hitters. His best season came with Texas in 2013, when he had a 1.11 ERA and 0.95 WHIP in 57 innings over 58 appearances.

Rosenthal reports that Cotts is likely headed to a National League team, as several  contenders in the NL would have use for a solid lefty out of the bullpen and get first crack at players waived in their own league.

One possible landing spot for Cotts is the Dodgers, who are 23rd in baseball with a 4.20 ERA. Los Angeles is currently using J.P. Howell and recently-acquired Luis Avilan as left-handers in relief. The Washington Nationals may also have claimed Cotts, as they are relying on 38-year-old Matt Thornton and rookie Felipe Rivero as left-handed relievers.