Texas Rangers reliever Neal Cotts has been claimed off revocable waivers, according to a source. The organization has until Friday to work out a trade with the claiming team or pull Cotts off waivers.
(UPDATE: The Rangers couldn’t work out a deal, so they pulled Cotts back, meaning he can no longer be traded.)
The Rangers have sent Yu Darvish, Adrian Beltre, Shin-Soo Choo, Elvis Andrus and Alex Rios through waivers in the last few weeks. But the team has no intention of trading some of its high-priced talent such as Darvish because of the value he has to the franchise.
However, GM Jon Daniels is doing his due diligence analyzing the market for his players. Daniels said he's open to trading players entering the final year of their contracts, which is the case with Rios and Cotts. The team has an $13.5 million option on Rios and expressed interest in him returning.
Cotts becomes a free agent once the season ends, and the organization has expressed interest in bringing him back in 2015 even if he's traded to another team.
After being charged with a blown save August 8 against the Astros, Cotts hasn't allowed a run in his last 3 2/3 innings of work. He's allowed two hits and one while striking out two over that span.
Cotts has become one of manager Ron Washington's more reliable relievers, but with the club utilizing younger pitchers, the 34-year-old Cotts has become expendable at this stage of the season. It might be a different story had the Rangers been in contention.