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Jharel Cotton was traded from the Athletics to the Cubs Saturday in exchange for cash considerations.
Cotton hasn’t appeared in the majors since 2017 due to Tommy John surgery. He owns a career 4.95 ERA over 29 starts. Cotton will add pitching depth and could be used a reliever down the road. He will have fantasy value if he is able to somehow crack the rotation, but as of now he is late-round flyer in dynasty leagues.
Jharel Cotton has torn the UCL in his pitching elbow and will undergo Tommy John surgery.
Cotton pitched well in his first two spring starts, so this is obviously an unfortunate development. The A's rotation was wide open even before Cotton's injury, but the additional spot likely won't yield any exciting fantasy news, as top prospect A.J. Puk was reassigned to the minors on Sunday.
In a 3-2 victory over the Astros on Sunday, Jharel Cotton gave up two earned runs, four hits, three walks and struck out two batters in 6.2 innings of work while winning his six game of the year (giving him a 6-10 record).
Cotton (who owns a terrible 5.63 ERA in 2017) had a quality start but he's been pretty ineffective all month on the mound prior to his latest outing. Simply put, he's still not a player you want to consider in any fantasy league at the moment.
In six innings pitched, Jharel Cotton gave up six earned runs, eight hits, three walks and struck out two batters in a game where the Royals defeated the A's by the score of 6-2 on Monday.
Cotton (who now sports a horrid 5.92 ERA this season) continues to be a disappointment on the mound for the A's and should be avoided at all costs in all fantasy leagues moving forward.
Jharel Cotton (5-9) gave up six runs on eight hits to the Mariners during a 6-3 loss on Wednesday. Cotton struck out four and walked one while giving up three home runs.
In three starts since returning from the DL, Cotton has posted an 8.59 ERA and 1.84 WHIP. Cotton is scheduled for a two-start week next week with games against the Royals and Astros but is unusable in fantasy right now.