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The Pirates have "zeroed in" on Octavio Dotel

Jan 8, 2010, 10:16 AM EDT

On December 23rd, I reported that the Pirates had made a $3 million offer to Octavio Dotel to be their closer. The team denied it. Today, however, Dejan Kovacevic says that “Dotel is one of several relievers the team has offered a contract,” and that they have “zeroed in” on him.  He notes that that Dotel won’t make what he made last year, but last year he made $6 million. 

Gee, I wonder if it was at all possible that my source was telling me the truth and the Pirates were being less than candid in their denial. Ah, forget it. The Pirates always tell the truth.

Anyway, whether the offer came in December or this morning, based on Kovacevic’s report, it looks like Dotel is going to be the closer in Pittsburgh this year.

  1. Grant - Jan 8, 2010 at 11:14 AM

    For some reason every year I am surprised that Dotel is still in the league. I mean, dude is only 37, he’s only been in the league 10 years. I dunno why I think he’s older than dirt.

  2. Old Gator - Jan 8, 2010 at 11:24 AM

    Zeroed in? Craig, you make the Pirates sound like a Predator drone. That’s ridiculous. Predator drones fire smart weapons, and this is the Pirates we’re talking about.

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