Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Tigers Close to Deal with Octavio Dotel

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. 

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