Pirates Sign Octavio Dotel

The Pirates officially signed reliever Octavio Dotel to a one-year deal with a club option for 2011.  Dotel will earn $3.25MM in 2010, plus bonuses for games finished.  The 2011 club option, which becomes mutual if the 36-year-old is traded, is for $4.5MM with a $250K buyout. Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette broke the news of the agreement and added the details via Twitter.

Dotel, 36, will close for the Pirates in 2010.  Last year for the White Sox he posted a 10.8 K/9, 5.2 BB/9, and 3.32 ERA in 62.3 innings, so control may be an issue.  Dotel had joined the Sox on a two-year, $11MM deal in January of '08.

For a guaranteed payout of roughly $6MM, Pirates GM Neal Huntington has revamped his bullpen by adding Dotel, Brendan Donnelly, D.J. Carrasco, and Javier Lopez.  The Bucs subtracted '09 pen members Matt Capps, Jesse Chavez, Steven Jackson, Denny Bautista, Phil Dumatrait, and Chris Bootcheck this winter.

Tim Dierkes contributed to this post.


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67 Comments on "Pirates Sign Octavio Dotel"


Guest
5 years 6 months ago

Cardinals.

eedwards027
5 years 6 months ago

He is not gonna go to STL to be a set up man. He will go to PIT to be a closer.

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

Even though Ryan Franklin was good this year and even made the Allstar Game there is still a little talk about picking up another arm and possible switch Franklin and the other around to find out what the best fit for the Cardinals closer.. I know it sounds weird but thats the way La Russa and the organization works when it comes to the bullpin.

DempseyK
5 years 6 months ago

If Evan Meek is throwing 100 MPH after spring training, OR if Joel Hanrahan can mentally prepare himself for the job, Dotel should be mid season trade bait. Excellent acquisition for the Pirates. If by some freak of nature the buccos have several players have career years all at once, perhaps he is retained, but most of us realize that the odds of that are fairly slim. Good job Neal.

Todd Smith
5 years 6 months ago

That bullpen looks a whole lot better now than it did at the start of last season.

5 years 6 months ago

The Pirates must have known something was wrong with Matt Capps if they non-tendered him with the explanation that he was getting too expensive, but are going to spend the money on Dotel to replace his production.

Slick18
5 years 6 months ago

It wasn’t just that he was too expensive, it’s that he was too expensive to justify given his performance last year. The Pirates expect him to rebound some but not to the point where they feel he’s worth $3.5 million. Huntington also correctly read the market this year and knew there would be a lot of decent options available at bargain prices. Nice work so far this off season.

Abraham Zapruder
5 years 6 months ago

Dotel will be trade bait when the Pirates are 20 games back on July 31.

Ferrariman
5 years 6 months ago

man another cardinal option slips away, valverde, church, now dotel..sigh.

5 years 6 months ago

while it looks likely, I m not sure its a done deal… the Pirates would be more likely than most to lose players to last-minute offers!

5 years 6 months ago

That’s if the player’s top motiviation is money alone, which you’d be absolutely right. And, given, you have a high probability of being correct because, let’s face it, money is one of the biggest factors (if not biggest in most cases) as to why a player signs anywhere. Take the Church signing, however, in that Church sees the Pirates’ club as pretty lowly, able to offer similar financial numbers elsewhere and also later down the road able to provide him a place to play fairly often. There were also his connections with Neal that played into it.Dotel may see that the bullpen is ripe for the picking, and all he has to do is have an average (by his standards) season in order to be front runner for the closer job.I am liking these signings by Neal. I don’t feel as if any of them are signings for signing sake, but rather players with low risk, medium to high reward.

bjsguess
5 years 6 months ago

Assuming it’s in the $3-4m range this could be a great signing.

lefty58
5 years 6 months ago

This is a very bad move for the Bucs. Dotel has sucked for the last 4 years.

lolpods
5 years 6 months ago

yeah you have no idea what you’re talking about.

lefty58
5 years 6 months ago

Actually, I know exactly what I’m talking about. If the game is meaningless, he’ll give you two good innings, if it matters, he’ll give you three batters.
The guy blows, if you want to pretend he’s good, fine, but that won’t help him get a meaningful out any time soon.

vtadave
5 years 6 months ago

Dotel was hurt for one of those years, but double-digit K/9’s isn’t exactly chopped liver. How do you come to this conclusion?

lefty58
5 years 6 months ago

Actually, I know exactly what I’m talking about. If the game is meaningless, he’ll give you two good innings, if it matters, he’ll give you three batters.
The guy blows, if you want to pretend he’s good, fine, but that won’t help him get a meaningful out any time soon.

louis_09
5 years 6 months ago

If by having a 3.55 ERA the past 2 seasons for the White Sox — yeah, he sucked.

He brings MUCH NEEDED experience to the bullpen.

rmm_bucco
5 years 6 months ago

Not sure i like this move. He’s a Type A free agent. Huntington has done a good job with the draft, I don’t know if I’d give up the draft pick for Dotel.

I wouldn’t say he has sucked for the last 4 years. 2007-67 IP, 92K, 3.76 ERA. 2008-62.1 IP, 75K, 3.32 ERA.

But, he has blown 7 of his 8 save opportunities in the last 2 years.

lolpods
5 years 6 months ago

yes, he’s just not a closer for whatever reason. gives up some…odd.. home runs. then he’ll strike out the next 4 guys.

arastis
5 years 6 months ago

But he wasnt offered arbitration so it wont cost the bucs a draft pick

arastis
5 years 6 months ago

But he wasnt offered arbitration so it wont cost the bucs a draft pick

arastis
5 years 6 months ago

sry double post

rmm_bucco
5 years 6 months ago

that would explain why no one else mentioned the draft pick.

rmm_bucco
5 years 6 months ago

that would explain why no one else mentioned the draft pick.

arastis
5 years 6 months ago

sry double post

Ferrariman
5 years 6 months ago

Their first rounder is protected anyways. And he wasn’t offered arb

windycitywarrior
5 years 6 months ago

Dotel was the Sox’ second best reliever last year next to Thorton. Whoever said he sucked obviously didnt watch too many games. If Chicago wouldnt have gone out and gotten J.J. Putz then I would be worried about replacing him im the pen. Im not so sure how effective he will be as a closer but if he can do it then it will be in the NL Central. Top notch signing along with Carrasco. Not sure why KW didnt keep him.

5 years 6 months ago

The Bucs need to get this done, more bullpen depth is a good thing, as well as July trade bait.

wondertaint
5 years 6 months ago

In just one week, the Pirates have turned into a team that may actually reach 70 wins next season (if, see: best-case-scenarios for Jones, McCutchen, Milledge, Church, Iwamura, LaRoche/Alvarez, Doumit, Ohlendorf, Duke, Maholm, Morton, Duke, and Lincoln).

wondertaint
5 years 6 months ago

In just one week, the Pirates have turned into a team that may actually reach 70 wins next season (if, see: best-case-scenarios for Jones, McCutchen, Milledge, Church, Iwamura, LaRoche/Alvarez, Doumit, Ohlendorf, Duke, Maholm, Morton, Duke, and Lincoln).

BLZR
5 years 6 months ago

Don’t know how accurate it is, but the site Inside Pittsburgh Sports says that they are working on finalizing the incentives involved, but the deal should be for a base salary around $2.85 million, with games finished incentives that could bring it up to around $3.25. Seems like a pretty reasonable price for a guy like Dotel.

BLZR
5 years 6 months ago

Don’t know how accurate it is, but the site Inside Pittsburgh Sports says that they are working on finalizing the incentives involved, but the deal should be for a base salary around $2.85 million, with games finished incentives that could bring it up to around $3.25. Seems like a pretty reasonable price for a guy like Dotel.

DempseyK
5 years 6 months ago

Excellent job Neal! Another quality signing by the bucs this off-season.

Just with bullpen upgrades we may get an 8-10 game improvement from last season.

With 1-2 position players having a breakout season, this pirate team may not finish in the cellar of the division, which isnt the goal, but is defintiely a move in the correct direction.

5 years 6 months ago

Maholm is sure to be pleased. How many leads did the bullpen blow for him last year? Duke as well…….although he’ll be traded soon.

twenty1thirteen
5 years 6 months ago

I feel really bad for Pirates fans. Their owner just keeps screwing the fans year after year. And this is coming from a Royals fan, haha.

Good signing for the Bucs though.

5 years 6 months ago

Feel bad for yourself bro, this management team is doing some good things. If the money is there in the future to retain these guys through free agency, they should contend.

twenty1thirteen
5 years 6 months ago

I think you misunderstood me. I think the Pirates fans deserve better than what ownership has given them the past few decades. I am glad they are making moves to better the team. Thats all I meant dude. Meant no offense.

DempseyK
5 years 6 months ago

I dont feel bad at all. The Littlefield regime left everyone in this city hopeless because there was no plan. Neal and Frank definitely have a plan, and they are executing it just as they have promised from day 1. This year will be a good barometer at their ability to identify talent.

twenty1thirteen
5 years 6 months ago

I hope you’re right! Would love to see the Pirates get back to their 70’s prominence!

I really didn’t mean anything insulting, just saying I feel your pain being a Royals fan.

5 years 6 months ago

Understood, my man, and well appreciated. The Royals and Bucs are much alike in terms of their performances the past two decades, so you certainly understand where we’re coming from. I can just hope that Alvarez pans out to be as valuable of a baseball player as Greinke seems to be!

twenty1thirteen
5 years 6 months ago

I sure hope so too! Pulling for Alverez like no other. I sure hope he get’s as good as Greinke has been for awhile!

Funny thing is when people only look at stats, and say Greinke has only had one good year without ever physically seeing them pitch. Feel bad for ignorant stat heads.

formerdraftpick
5 years 6 months ago

I wonder if the Pirates considered signing B.J. Ryan to a minor league contract with an invite to Spring Training?

DempseyK
5 years 6 months ago

Neal honestly seems to look for angles everywhere and seems not to leave too many stones unturned, so I would assume that they considered it. But for one reason or another didnt think it was a sound decision. OR, they did make an offer but kept it quiet.