Just got a note from my favorite source today. Remember our New York barber friend who’s in tight with Octavio Dotel? My source got another haircut today, and Dotel’s preference was revealed to be the Yankees.
According to my source, both the barber and another friend of Dotel’s were confident that the reliever wants to pitch for the Yankees. In addition, Dotel believes he will be ready to pitch by opening day.
Signing Dotel could make up for the Yanks’ failure to get Rudy Seanez and would give them a strikeout heavy, dominant bullpen. In Mariano Rivera, Kyle Farnsworth, and Octavio Dotel, the Yankees would have three men capable of closing games. It could be reminiscent of the famous Lidge-Dotel-Wagner trio.
No new word on Dotel’s merengue album at this time.
Update: Ken Rosenthal reports that the Yanks are closing in on a one-year, $2MM deal with Dotel. Looks like the reliever got his wish. Rosenthal mentions a possible June return to a Major League mound for Dotel; based on my info I think it’ll happen in May.
Thanks to Dan