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Octavio Dotel getting interest from Rays, Pirates, Blue Jays

Dec 22, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT


According to Jon Paul Morosi of the Rays, Pirates, and Blue Jays are among the teams interested in free agent reliever Octavio Dotel.

Pittsburgh being in the mix is interesting, because the Pirates signed Dotel to a one-year, $3.5 million deal as a free agent last offseason and then traded him to the Dodgers on July 31 for James McDonald and Andrew Lambo. That was a pretty great return, so perhaps general manager Neal Huntington wants to give it a try again.

Dotel is 37 years old, sometimes struggles to keep the ball in the ballpark, and has lost a bit of velocity in recent years, but he still averaged 92 miles per hour with his fastball in 2010 and racked up 75 strikeouts in just 64 innings. He’s never averaged fewer than 10 strikeouts per nine innings in a full relief season.

  1. proudlycanadian - Dec 22, 2010 at 4:49 PM

    I doubt that the Jays would offer him a lot of money. They have been trying to get younger. Now if he was willing to accept a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training…

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