LHP Neal Cotts signs minor league deal

The Rangers signed left-handed pitcher Neal Cotts to a minor league contract. He will be in minor league camp this spring.

Cotts, who turns 32 years old in late March, has not pitched professionally since 2009. He was in the Pittsburgh organization in 2010, but was recovering from Tommy John surgery (he had that on July 2, 2009). The Yankees signed him in November 2010, but he was release on Feb. 16, 2011.

Cotts has pitched in 284 games and has a 10-12 mark and a 4.63 ERA, most of that as a reliever (he has five career starts in 256 1/3 innings). He's pitched for the Chicago White Sox (2003-06) and the Chicago Cubs (2007-09). His best season was 2005, when the White Sox won the World Series. He was 4-0 with a 1.94 ERA in 69 games that season and pitched in four World Series games, earning a win in Game 2.

Lefties have hit .253 against him in his career. Interestingly, right-handed batters have fared worse against Cotts with a .248 average.