Danny Knobler of CBSSports is reporting that the Tigers are close to signing reliever Octavio Dotel. If the deal becomes official, the 38-year-old right-hander will break a record by joining his 13th MLB team. It is not known yet whether it's a one or two year deal or how much much he'll be paid.
Dotel has been a consistent performer throughout most of his career and is showing no signs of aging. He had a 3.50 ERA with 62 strikeouts in 54 innings pitching for the Blue Jays and Cardinals in 2011. He also had a 2.5 (15/6) Shutdown/Meltdown ratio compared to a league median of 1.9. He was most effective versus right-handed batters who he held to a .154/.198/.211 line.
Dotel would join a solid bullpen including Jose Valverde, Joaquin Benoit and a hopefully healthy Al Alburquerque. With Benoit and Valverde already in charge of the eight and ninth innings, Dotel would probably see a lot of action in the seventh. If the deal goes through, it would be a good acquisition for the Tigers who needed bullpen help during the post-season.