The Milwaukee Brewers signed reliever Neal Cotts to a one-year, $3 million contract on Friday, per multiple reports.
Cotts shined in 2013 for the Texas Rangers, posting 8-3 record with a sterling 1.11 ERA in 58 appearances for the club. He regressed quite a bit last season, however, finishing up with a 2-9 record and a 4.32 ERA in 73 games.
The 34-year-old veteran will slot in as Zach Duke's replacement as a second left-handed option alongside Will Smith in the Brewers' bullpen. Duke left the team to join the Chicago White Sox on a three-year deal this offseason.
Cotts did not pitch at the MLB level from 2010 to 2012 due to injuries, but the Brewers hope that he can maintain his health while finding the touch that made him so dominant in 2013.
In a corresponding move to make room on the team's 40-man roster, the Brewers designated utilityman Elian Herrera for assignment.
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