Lefty Cotts among five signed to Minor League deals
Beltre wins second straight AL Rawlings Platinum Glove Award
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers are bringing back left-handed reliever Neal Cotts. He is one of five players who have agreed to Minor League contracts with an invitation to the Rangers' Spring Training camp.
The others are catcher Juan Apodaca, pitcher Yonata Ortega and outfielders Aaron Cunningham and Jim Adduci. Cunningham is the only one of the four who has big league experience.
Cotts, 32, was in big league camp for the Rangers last spring and was close to making the team before suffering a strained muscle in his shoulder. He ended up pitching in 25 games for Triple-A Round Rock and was 2-1 with a 4.55 ERA and three saves in 25 appearances.
It was his first time pitching in professional baseball since 2009. He is 10-12 with a 4.63 ERA in 284 career games with the White Sox and the Cubs. In 2005, he was 4-0 with a 1.94 ERA in 69 games for the White Sox and pitched for them in the World Series.
Adduci, 27, is a career .282 hitter over nine Minor League seasons in the Marlins and Cubs organizations. He hit .298 with seven home runs and 44 RBIs in 126 games at Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa last season.
Cunningham, 26, played in 72 games for the Indians last year and hit .175 with one home run and seven RBIs in 109 at-bats. In parts of five seasons with the Athletics, Padres and Indians, Cunningham has played in 222 games with 501 plate appearances. He has a career .219 batting average with .280 on-base percentage and .347 slugging percentage. He is one of 11 Major League players all time who were born in Alaska.
Apodaca, 26, has spent eight seasons in the Minor Leagues with the Dodgers, Indians, Red Sox and Cubs. He also split time between Tennessee and Iowa last season, hitting .291 with a .407 on-base percentage and a .399 slugging percentage.
Ortega, 26, pitched at Double-A Mobile in the D-backs' organization, going 2-2 with a 6.88 ERA in 42 appearances. In six Minor League seasons he has averaged 9.2 strikeouts and 4.7 walks per nine innings.
Beltre wins Platinum Glove
Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre has been named the winner of the 2012 American League Rawlings Platinum Glove Award. The announcement was made during the 2012 Rawlings Gold Glove Award Ceremony on Friday in New York. Beltre also won the inaugural AL Platinum Glove Award in 2011.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.