With the Trade Deadline fast approaching, what is the word on the proverbial street about Texas Rangers left handed relieve Neal Cotts? Glad you asked.
According to Tomahawk Take and @SpiltScotch, the Braves are possibly showing interest in Neal Cotts, and the Rangers had a scout at the Lynchburg Hillcats games last night. The Ranger will be looking for pitching in return most likely, some one like a Greg Ross (4-1 with a 2.51 ERA in 6 starts with the Braves AA team), or maybe someone like Alex Wilson (1.88 ERA with 48 strikeouts and 14 walks in 33 innings pitched in relief for the Hillcats).
If they are not looking for pitching, then Alan Carpenter of Tomahawk Take thinks the Braves should offer the Rangers SS Emerson Landoni (.307/380/.368), but I don’t know if the Rangers would go for that seeing that they already have a log jam in the middle of the infield. I would want someone like power hitting outfielder Will Skinner (.271/.337/.468, 10 home runs) or one of the pitchers I mentioned.
T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com is suggesting that the Orioles also could have interest in Neal Cotts.
Orioles and Rangers talking about Neal Cotts…. Orioles looking for reliever who can get both sides out.
— TR Sullivan (@Sullivan_Ranger) July 30, 2014
The Orioles would be an interesting trade team, maybe ask for Nelson Cruz and Chris Davis in return (okay, just kidding on that one!). The Texas Rangers would want pitching in return as well, and I think they would shoot for an almost major league ready if not already major league ready pitcher like a Hunter Harvey (3.18 ERA in A ball this year) or a Tim Berry (3.71 ERA for AA ball).
There may be a few more teams, but we will know soon enough if Neal Cotts will indeed be moved.