Neal Cotts was a great story for the Texas Rangers in 2013, when he came back from a four-year absence in the big leagues to put up a 1.11 ERA as one of the game's top relievers, and he was equally effective retiring righties and lefties and also showed an ability to work in just about any situation you'd want from a reliever.
Last season went much differently for the veteran lefty, as Cotts posted a 2-9 record with a 4.32 ERA, numbers indicative of a reliever who really isn't worth keeping around.
Now, it seems the Rangers are adopting that theory with Cotts, despite the fact he was so great in 2013. Several outlets reported this week that Rangers GM Jon Daniels — in Arizona for the GM meetings — is content letting Cotts walk this winter in free agency as the club has decided to not pay a premium on relievers in free agency, which is usually a sound plan.
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Daniels did mention that if Cotts is still lingering late in the winter, the Rangers could make him a value offer, but he seems plenty happy letting Cotts go get the best deal he can get.