Lebanon native Neal Cotts has signed a contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The 29-year-old former Cubs lefty was non-tendered and became a free agent after he was lost for the season last July due to elbow trouble. Cotts had Tommy John Surgery and is presumably out for the early part of 2010. It usually takes about a year for a pitcher to come back from the elbow ligament transplant surgery.
The Pirates will pay Cotts on a two-way contract. He gets $190,000 if he's in the minors and can make $900,000 if he is on the team's major league roster.
Cotts is 10-12 over the course of his career with a 4.63 ERA for the Cubs and the White Sox.