After getting called up last May, Cotts appeared in 58 of the Rangers’ remaining 118 games. He matched the major league lead with eight relief victories, and his 1.11 ERA was the lowest for a reliever in franchise history.
Cotts began the season at Triple-A before being promoted on May 21 for his first big league action since 2009. He was out in 2010 and 2011 because of injuries.
A.J. Pierzynski hit a three-run homer, Mitch Moreland had a solo shot, and the Rangers beat the Mariners 8-3 on Monday night for their sixth win in eight games.
Elvis Andrus hit a tie-breaking, two-run double in the seventh inning as the Rangers beat the Red Sox 3-2 on Wednesday, a day after getting thumped by Boston 17-5.
The Texas Rangers purchased the reliever’s contract from Triple-A Round Rock before Tuesday night’s game against Oakland. Cotts had ligament replacement surgery in 2009.
Left-hander Neal Cotts has agreed to a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers. The team announced the signing on Monday.