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KISSIMMEE, FL - MARCH 09: Neal Cotts #23 of the Houston Astros throws a pitch during the third inning of a spring training game against the Atlanta Braves at Osceola County Stadium on March 9, 2016 in Kissimmee, Florida. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Yankees sign Neal Cotts, assign him to Scranton

The Yankees have announced the signing of LHP Neal Cotts. He has signed a minor league contract and will report to Triple-A Scranton. The 36 year old has bounced around the majors, most recently playing for the Twins. He pitched for Houston during spring training, but was eventually cut. He had a good season in 2013, with a WHIP under 1.00, but in 2014 he struggled. Last season in Minnesota, he he posted a 3.95 ERA and a 1.4 WHIP. He’ll immediately add a veteran presence if and when he gets the call-up. He should help against left handed batters; last season lefties batted only .186 against him.

This move was necessary due to the influx of injured bullpen arms. Joe Girardi cannot rely on only the combo of Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller, and Aroldis Chapman. It’s still early in the season and the terrific trio has logged a large amount of innings already.