Lefty reliever Cotts signs Triple-A deal with Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Left-handed reliever Neal Cotts has signed a Triple-A contract with the Texas Rangers.

Cotts was 10-12 with a 2.84 ERA in 131 games for the Rangers from 2013-14.

He had been pitching in the New York Yankees' organization, but opted out of his deal. The Rangers expect him to join Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday.

The 36-year-old Cotts had a 3.41 ERA in 68 games combined last season with Milwaukee and Minnesota.

Cotts signed a minor league deal with Houston in March but was released before the end of spring training. He signed a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Angels on April 6then stayed with them until May 18, and then signed a minor league deal with the Yankees the next day.