Rockies Acquire Octavio Dotel

The Dodgers have traded Octavio Dotel to the Rockies for a player to be named later, according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post.  The two sides will split Dotel's remaining salary and the buyout for his 2011 option, leaving Colorado on the hook for $250K (Twitter link).  Since the Rockies are playing the Dodgers in L.A. today, Dotel will simply change locker rooms.

Dotel came to the Dodgers at the deadline in exchange for pitcher James MacDonald and Andrew Lambo as they looked to make a postseason push.  The 36-year-old registered a 3.38 ERA with 10.1 K/9 and 5.3 BB/9 across a 19-game span in which the club fell out of playoff contention.

The contract that Dotel signed with the Pirates last winter included a $4.5MM club option for 2011. However, when Pittsburgh traded the veteran reliever to the Dodgers, the option became mutual. Renck (Twitter link) doesn't expect the Rockies to exercise the option, even with some money coming off their books this offseason.

Having been traded after August 31st, Dotel will not be eligible for the postseason.  The Rockies could certainly use the help however as they trail the Padres by 1.5 games in the NL West and the Braves by 2.5 games in the Wild Card chase.


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51 Comments on "Rockies Acquire Octavio Dotel"


5_tool_MiLB_fool
4 years 11 months ago

the dodgers traded their best prospects for a 1 month rental reliever, only to fall in the standings. congrats to them

dire straits
4 years 11 months ago

Andrew Lambo and James McDonald were far from our best prospects. Sorry, sir.

5_tool_MiLB_fool
4 years 11 months ago

typical dodger fan trying to hide the truth

Guest
4 years 11 months ago

Not even close to being our top prospects. But losing Jmac is so bad.

melonis_rex
4 years 11 months ago

Not a Dodgers fan, but James McDonald is not a top prospect, although he was one in the past. But then, he was still under team control and cheaply for 4 more years, and is a starting pitcher. And I don’t really see the SP depth the Dodgers have in the minors, although I *don’t* know LA’s system well.

Guest
4 years 11 months ago

!!!

Torre and Agent Ned really killed us this year. It started with McCourt and it seeped downwards.

bobraines
4 years 11 months ago

MacDonald showed that he was a AAAA player- too good for AAA, not good enough for the majors. Lambo has PEF issues. Still, I’m glad to see Dotel go. Certainly didn’t help LA catch up.

Yankees420
4 years 11 months ago

By “PEF” do you mean PED’s? And if so, Lambo was busted for smoking weed, not exactly a performance enhancer in my experience.

bobraines
4 years 11 months ago

Yeah, PED’s. Thought that’s what it was. If he’s a pot head, we can let him go, nonetheless. Maybe he’d do as Lincicum’s roomie.

Vail Beach
4 years 11 months ago

I think MacDonald was also the kind of player who will do better in a small market with minimal expectations of, say, reaching the postseason. He was so frustrating for Dodger fans, who wanted to like him, but kept seeing him blow up when given numerous chances. He’s got talent, for sure.

Hank Hill
4 years 11 months ago

at least they wont leave empty handed like they would have if they kept him the whole season

RobinsonCanoFan
4 years 11 months ago

That would be the Braves that they trail in the WC race…

Gigantes
4 years 11 months ago

And the Giants in the West lol

vtadave
4 years 11 months ago

Actually, McDonald wasn’t a prospect and Lambo was far from the Dodgers’ top prospect. Trayvon Robinson and Jerry Sands are far better OF prospects, though if you want to consider Sands a 1B, that’s fine as well.

No Dodger fan is trying to “hide the truth” that the Dotel deal was beyond brutal, but if you’re going to take potshots at the team (it’s not hard), at least try and come across as somewhat knowledgeable.

explodet
4 years 11 months ago

http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/prospects/rankings/organization-top-10-prospects/2009/267509.html

That must’ve been one heck of a year for them to suddenly become scrubs.

rovert22044
4 years 11 months ago

… I think he wins …

4 years 11 months ago
thegrayrace
4 years 11 months ago

1 year and 9 months ago when that article was written, yes, they were considered top prospects.

Gordon and Withrow were considered the Dodgers top prospects entering the 2010 season (top 50 in MLB, along with Josh Bell who was traded to the Orioles), Lambo and McDonald had slipped considerably.

New guys like Sands, Robinson, Jansen, Miller, De La Rosa are all better prospects. E. Martin, Eovaldi, Lindblom, Gould might be, too. We’ll see next January how they’re all ranked, I suppose.

jphenix2002
4 years 11 months ago

ill laugh if the ptbnl goes on to have a HOF career

Jonathunder
4 years 11 months ago

If the Rockies can find a way to get to the post season, they would be a force to be reckoned with. I would fear them more than the Padres.

myname_989
4 years 11 months ago

Ned Coletti’s stupidity continues to amaze me…

Mokolembembe
4 years 11 months ago

That would be the GIANTS they trail by 1.5 games, not the Padres…..

Dave_Gershman
4 years 11 months ago

actually @tonymr95, he’s right. Lambo and McDonald weren’t even top 3 in the organiztion, but you are right about the concept.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 11 months ago

Yeah, Lambo wasn’t even top 5 so tonymr95 and the other two people who liked is comment are wrong.

@vtadave

Sleepykarl
4 years 11 months ago

Maybe they are just not updated. Lambo was their 2009 top prospect according to BA and was #6 this year (top OF prospect). I’m guessing they are remembering his top prospect image and missed the declining status. Anyway you cut it, that Dotel trade was hilarious.

Smrtbusnisman04
4 years 11 months ago

A good win for the Pirates! They get a solid #3-#4 starter and maybe a future outfielder with Andrew Lambo (But they also said that with Brandon Moss :/)

Man, the Dodgers act like there in shambles!!

Hits & Gigs
4 years 11 months ago

err how can they be trailing the Reds in the Wild Card when the Reds lead the Central? And isn’t San Fran. 1.5 game up? 0_o

melonis_rex
4 years 11 months ago

The big question is, will this PTBNL be worth more than the draft pick(s) they would get from offering him arbitration if the option didn’t get picked up.

Guest
4 years 11 months ago

You think Dotel would of passed on 5 million dollars? Do you think the Dodgers will play that game again? George Sherrill says “HI!!”

melonis_rex
4 years 11 months ago

You’re right. Although, I don’t think George Sherrill had enough service time to be a free agent though. I still think the PTBNL will be worth less than Dotel would be at a 4MM salary next year, especially since the Dodgers will need bullpen help next year anyway with one of Monasterios/Ely almost certainly in the rotation, and could trade him next year if they fall out of contention again.

But then, I still think something is better than nothing, and that sending Dotel to the Rox was probably a pretty good move by the Dodgers.

thegrayrace
4 years 11 months ago

Between Kuo and Jansen and hopefully rebounds from Belisario and Broxton, I think the Dodgers bullpen will be OK. They’ll need to sign a lefty specialist, but that’s about it. Between Troncoso, Wade, Schlichting, Link, Leach, Lindblom, De La Rosa, Miller, Guerra, they’ll have options for the bullpen.

Monasterios will probably start in AAA.

Flharfh
4 years 11 months ago

The Dodgers demonstrate the worst possible way to flip a player.

4 years 11 months ago

Dodgers traded Josh Bell and Carlos Santana as well as a whole bunch of other prospects including McDonald. All for veterans… This was expected or supposed to be expected if anyone payed attention to the Dodgers

thegrayrace
4 years 11 months ago

Even if the Dodgers didn’t particularly need those guys… imagine what they could’ve brought in had they packaged them for a marquee player instead of these league average veterans?

Don’t tell me Carlos Santana, Josh Bell, James McDonald and Andrew Lambo wouldn’t have brought Cliff Lee over from the Indians at the ’09 trade deadline. Imagine what a difference that would’ve made. Cliff Lee would’ve been kept from the Phillies, who would’ve had to make a play for Roy Halladay, probably overpaying in the process. Then who knows how the NLDS and NLCS would’ve ended up…

And the Dodgers would’ve had Cliff Lee all 2010.

Instead we got Sherrill, 1 month of Dotel, and 2 months of Casey Blake (who could’ve been had for a lesser prospect if McCourt was willing to pick up salary). Bleh.

nostocksjustbonds
4 years 11 months ago

Way to go, Agent Ned. You’re doing a fine job.

55saveslives
4 years 11 months ago

Apparently part of the deal was the Dodgers rolling over and dying in this series…which they seem more than willing to do.

thegrayrace
4 years 11 months ago

Uhhh… have you not been paying attention to the Dodgers? They have been rolling over and dying EVERY series for the past few weeks…

Don’t get all butt hurt because your Giants lost 1 game to us (when the Dodgers only had ONE hit) while the Padres swept us and the Rockies are likely to as well.

jlbroxfan3
4 years 11 months ago

who is the ptbnl it makes a big difference. The Rockies have a stocked system

4 years 11 months ago

hopefully its carlos gonzalez

Dave_Gershman
4 years 11 months ago

@melonis_rex

it is pretty deep. Miller/Eovaldi/Withrow/Lee are just a few but it’s decent.

Vote_For_Pedro
4 years 11 months ago

The Dodgers are so bad at making trades they make the Jose Bautista,Robinson Diaz trade look good for the pirates.

O971
4 years 11 months ago

To be fair Jose Bautista had a career OPS+ of 88 and Robinson Diaz had fairly good numbers at AA as a 23 year old catcher when the trade was made.