The Washington Nationals, who were relatively quiet at the pitcher-heavy trade deadline, still hope to acquire another pitcher. The team is considering acquiring Neal Cotts from the Texas Rangers, Bill Ladson reported Monday night.
The Nationals were unable to acquire a bullpen arm during a late trade deadline rush last week that saw pitchers like Jon Lester, John Lackey and David Price change teams. The Nats reportedly tried to pursue then-Red Sox pitcher Andrew Miller, Ladson said, but were unsuccessful.
The Rangers have reportedly turned down several offers for Cotts so far this season. Texas has said it could make available nearly anyone on its roster except for starting pitcher Yu Darvish and third baseman Adrian Beltre.
Cotts will be a free agent after this season and is playing out the final year of a $2.2 million contract. In order to be traded after the July 31 deadline, Cotts would have to pass through waivers.
Cotts has a 2-5 record and 3.38 ERA over 52 relief appearances for the Rangers this season.
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- Will Green