Yankees release Neal Cotts

The New York Yankees released lefty reliever Neal Cotts.

What It Means:

Cotts signed a minor league deal with New York last month and posted a 4.91 ERA, 7.01 xFIP, and a 2/1 K/BB ratio over 7 1/3 innings in Triple-A. The 36-year-old will seek an opportunity with another club.

Cotts hasn't thrown a pitch in the big leagues this season, but threw 63 1/3 innings last season with the Milwaukee Brewers and Minnesota Twins and posted a concerning 4.31 xFIP -- 20th worst among relievers. His 15.8 percent home-run-to-fly-ball ratio was 12th highest among relievers, but becoming a lefty specialist might help as eight of the 12 home runs he allowed last season were to righties. The Yankees currently have the best reliever xFIP this season at 3.17.