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Rangers pull back Neal Cotts off waivers, won’t trade him

Aug 21, 2014, 1:43 PM EDT

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Texas not trading impending free agent reliever Neal Cotts before the July 31 deadline was surprising and now they’re going to hang onto the left-hander for the rest of the season.

Jon Heyman of reports that Cotts was claimed off recovable waivers by an undisclosed team and the Rangers couldn’t work out a deal, so they pulled him back.

That means Cotts can’t be traded, so the 34-year-old setup man with a 3.48 ERA and 58 strikeouts in 54 innings will play out the string with a last-place team and the Rangers will let him walk for nothing this offseason.

  1. jeffbbf - Aug 21, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    makes no sense – the Rangers could have saved about $400k by letting him go now. Maybe they are planning on signing him to an extension?

  2. uwsptke - Aug 21, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    Mark Attanasio made a remark a couple of days ago that they had put in waiver claims on some relievers. So it could have been them, but doubt he made it that far down the list.

  3. nsstlfan - Aug 22, 2014 at 2:32 AM

    Probably the Cubs

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