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The Marlins are interested in Octavio Dotel

Jul 2, 2010, 4:02 PM EDT

Pittsburgh isn’t going anywhere and they have a $3.25 million closer who is pitching pretty well. You don’t have to be Kreskin or Josh Beckett’s girlfriend to figure out how this is gonna turn out.  He’s gone, sooner rather than later.

The latest rumor is that the Marlins are interested. Florida isn’t as bad off as Pittsburgh, competitively speaking, and they do have a terrible bullpen, so they probably match up well enough.  I’ll go out on a limb, however, and predict that such a deal will not alter the balance of power in the National League.

  1. Old Gator - Jul 2, 2010 at 5:05 PM

    $3.25 million isn’t much for a top notch closer these days, but Larry Beinfest and the Chihuahua are going to have to sedate, if not hypnotize, Scrooge McLoria to get him to part with it. Then, what do the Feesh do with him – make him their closer and make Nunez their set up man or vice versa? And of course they still will have done nothing decisive with their middle relief staff or done anything practical to shore up that awful infield defense. Cantu or Uggla for Dotel and some prospect or other who looks like he can catch a ball and throw it to the guy who’s supposed to get it with a little bit more panache than what they’ve got out there now, that would make some sense.

  2. hnirobert - Jul 2, 2010 at 6:20 PM

    @ Old Gator,
    If they get Dotel he should be made their closer with Nunes the set-up man, which he was for the first half of last season pretty successfully, and then make Clay Hensley, who’s been pretty good and is back tonight, their 7th inning man, with the rest of the bullpen to be used in emergency situations. The starting staff has been pretty good lately so handing the ball off in the 7th to Hensley and having Dotel as the bookend would be a MAJOR upgrade.

  3. hnirobert - Jul 2, 2010 at 6:22 PM

    Also, the only way I see this happening is if Beinfest cons the Pirates to paying for most, if not some of his salary, much in the same way they had the Nats pay for most of Nick Johnson’s salary last year when they traded for him and how they got the Tigers to pay for most of Nate Robinson’s salary after they traded for him this year.
    All in all, this will only happen if Beinfest can once again bamboozle another GM.

  4. Old Gator - Jul 2, 2010 at 8:06 PM

    You’ve got a good point there, but I suspect it would be easier to do that in the offseason than it will be now. There are a lot of teams who are genuinely in the running in their division and are only a chip or cog away from that edge that they need, and would happily pay all of Dotel’s salary if they think he’ll do the job – $3.25 million is a bargain for a good reliever, and why should the Pirates stick themselves with a chunk of that salary when they know they can make a better deal? The Phillies, for example, might well be that anxious now that Utley’s gone until September, at least, and their closer is starting to look goofy again. Even the Yankees might be looking for a good setup guys the Big Toad is earning more boos than outs, and could use Dotel in that capacity, or occasionally to spell that old coot they currently use as a closer.
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    A lot will also depend upon how the Feesh come in off this grueling road trip they’ve begun. If they gain a game or two on the Braves, Scrooge McLoria might be inclined to pull the trigger if Beinfest can hand him a popgun of the sort you envision. If they keep playing as poorly as they have been and are six or seven under the strange attractor and maybe ten or ten and a half out when they come home, look for Beinfest and the Chihuahua to open up the Feesh market and put Cantu, Uggla, Volstad, perhaps Nolasco and Ross on the ice.
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    It would be nice. But frankly I think the Feesh really need to blow up that infield and find themselves some sold leather men and good contact hitters first.

  5. Old Gator - Jul 3, 2010 at 12:00 AM

    Coda: with tonight’s ridiculous loss to the Braves the Feesh find themselves five games away from the strange attractor and nine and a half games out. Leo Nunez strides in from the Boolpen in the bottom of the eleventh to protect a one-run lead that had been gifted to the Feesh because for one surrealistic half a frame the Braves infield was even less reliable than theirs. Leo promptly reconfigured the inning into his own personal wicker man, pitching to three batters, two of whom scored.
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    Another fine outing by Josh Johnson wasted, and I would invite all of my avid fans and clueless detractors to visit my post of earlier today under the “And That Happened” for Thursday 7/1 and compare my report on the game that didn’t happen last night to the one that did happen tonight. As the Tooth Fairy informed Freddy Lounds, you owe me awe.
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    You get what you don’t pay for, Scrooge. Pretty soon Cantu, Uggla, Volstad, perhaps Nolasco and Ross are going to hear the sound of tick-tick-tick-tick as their exile in MLB’s equivalent of the Greek economy begins to draw to a merciful conclusion.

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