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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