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New York Yankees sign LHP Neal Cotts to a minor-league deal

Southpaw will be assigned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

The New York Yankees announced Friday that they have signed LHP Neal Cotts to a minor-league deal and will assign him to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Cotts, 36, started the season with the Angels organization, posting a 3.29 ERA and one save in 13 2/3 innings over 14 appearances at Triple-A Salt Lake, but he exercised the May 15 opt-out clause in his minor-league deal and was released on Wednesday.

Originally a second-round pick by Oakland in 2001, Cotts made his major-league debut with the White Sox in 2003 and has a 3.96 career ERA over 482 games with five teams. He split 2015 between the Twins and Brewers, going 1-0 with a 3.41 ERA in 63 1/3 innings over 68 appearances.