Marlins Inquired On Octavio Dotel

The Marlins have asked the Pirates about Octavio Dotel, according to Ed Price of AOL FanHouse. Marlins relievers have combined for a 4.66 ERA and though Dotel's 4.55 mark doesn't appear much better, he is a reliable arm who still strikes more than one batter out per inning (though he is walking a characteristically high number of hitters this year). Dotel has 17 saves, while the Marlins have blown 12.

The 37-41 Marlins trail the Braves by 8.5 games in the NL East. They opened the season with a $47MM payroll, even after they were prompted to raise their payroll, so adding Dotel's $3.25MM salary will be a consideration. A trade wouldn't necessarily mean a payroll increase, though; the Rangers and Giants showed this week that payroll-neutral deals are possible. The Pirates' $4.5MM option for 2011 becomes mutual if he is traded, so the Marlins would not have the rights to him after this season if they made a deal. 

The Marlins have been looking for relievers for months and their search recently led them back to Armando Benitez. There's no indication that the Marlins are serious about acquiring Dotel, or even that they have decided to be buyers this summer. They and others teams considering relievers may pursue arms such as Scott Downs, Jason Frasor, Kevin Gregg, Matt Capps, D.J. Carrasco, Kerry Wood and Joakim Soria this month.


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9 Comments on "Marlins Inquired On Octavio Dotel"


Wainwrights_Curveball
5 years 1 month ago

No, no, no. Everyone in MLB stay away from Dotel. I need saves in my fantasy league!!!!!

Er…well I guess I could just pick up Evan Meek instead.

Okay, well my personal issues with this aside, this might be something nice to look into for the Marlins. He’s been getting the job done for the most part.

Ian_Smell
5 years 1 month ago

That’s interesting. Do the Marlins have any shortstop or starting pitching prospects that they are willing to trade? I’d imagine that the Pirates could at least get one decent prospect for him.

FishFan03
5 years 1 month ago

you guys can have Emilio Bonifacio…. lmao jk i wouldnt wish that on my worst enemy

FishFan03
5 years 1 month ago

well maybe on the braves and mets

BeatEmBucs
5 years 1 month ago

So what’s the going rate on an old set-up man these days? C-level pitching prospect?

5 years 1 month ago

The marlins should go after Soria, but I think KC will want a big return for him, so my bet is they end up going after a reunion with K Gregg or try and grab Frasor…

5 years 1 month ago

The Pirates are scouting the Marlins AA team tonight, according to my sources.

pirateswillwinin2013
5 years 1 month ago

Matt Dominguez baby will give you something else along with Dotel too for him…sound good? lol

pirateswillwinin2013
5 years 1 month ago

Matt Dominguez baby will give you something else along with Dotel too for him…sound good? lol