Minnesota Twins Acquire Neal Cotts


Jun 7, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Neal Cotts (48) pitches in the sixth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. The Minnesota Twins beat the Milwaukee Brewers 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Twins have acquired veteran left-handed reliever, Neal Cotts from the Milwaukee Brewers for a player to be named later or cash. The southpaw was rumored to be on the Twins radar before the trade deadline and it appears the Twins finally got their man. To make room for Cotts the Twins optioned A.J. Achter to Triple-A Rochester. Achter pitched 7.1 innings out of the bullpen and owned a 7.36 earned run average.

Cotts has made 51 appearances out of the bullpen for the Brewers and owns a 3.26 earned run average in 49.2 innings pitches with 49 strikeouts. In his last 30 appearances Cotts is 1-0 with a 1.93 earned run average. In those 30 appearances the southpaw has pitched 28 innings and given up six earned runs, issued 11 walks and recorded 26 strikeouts.

Cotts will give manager, Paul Molitor a reliable lefty out of the bullpen. Brian Duensing has been better of late, but it’s an adventure anytime he comes walking out of the bullpen.

Cott’s will likely serve as a specialist against lefties for the Twins. He is allowing lefties to hit just .185 off him.

The Twins are currently just two games out of the second Wild Card spot in the American League and they are gearing up for the final push. Kevin Jepsen, the reliever they acquired at the trade deadline has pitched 8.1 straight scoreless innings for the Twins and they are hoping Cotts will bring similar results.

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