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Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

COTTS AS STARTER WON’T PLAY

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First Jim Hendry signed Mark DeRosa to play 2nd base every day. DeRosa played only 26 games at 2nd last year and has started all of 93 games there in his career.

Now we’re hearing reports and/or rumors that the Cubs are considering putting newly acquired Neal Cotts into the starting rotation. This seems like a very bad idea.

There’s a reason Cotts was in the pen. He didn’t cut it as a starter.

In the minors Cotts started 63 games and pitched just over 300 innings. Do the math. It doesn’t even workout to an average of 5 innings per start. He hasn’t started a game since 2004 when he started one for the Sox.

Cotts has always had control issues. He’s allowed 100 walks in 193 innings in the bigs. His BB/9 for both major and minor league appearances hovers around 5.

This is not to say it can’t work. Cotts will be just 27 on Opening Day 2007. I just fail to see the logic in it. There is really nothing in his career that points to him being able to have success as a starter in the bigs. What likely will transpire is that Cotts will accumulate large pitch counts early in games and tax the bullpen unnecessarily. Then of course is the matter of him getting absolutely shelled last year.

The Cubs already have 2 lefty relievers in Scott Eyre and Will Ohman. Eyre is considered one of the top lefties and Ohman had his best season last year. So unless one of them gets dealt it looks like Cotts will indeed head to the rotation.

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