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Cardinals interested in bringing back Octavio Dotel

Nov 15, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

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According to Buster Olney of, the Cardinals have had “multiple discussions” about bringing back veteran reliever Octavio Dotel.

Dotel, 37, posted a 3.50 ERA and 62/17 K/BB ratio over 54 innings between the Cardinals and Blue Jays during the regular season. Of course, he was also an important part of Tony La Russa’s bullpen during the postseason, compiling a 2.61 ERA and 14/2 K/BB ratio over 10 1/3 innings.

The Cardinals declined Dotel’s $3.5 million option for 2012 last month, instead opting to pay a $750,000 buyout, but they remain interested in bringing him back at a lesser salary. Olney hears that the interest is mutual, though one imagines he would likely jump at the opportunity to close games somewhere.

  1. spudchukar - Nov 15, 2011 at 7:25 PM

    If for no other reason than to pitch to Ryan Braun.

    • paperlions - Nov 15, 2011 at 8:43 PM

      No kidding, Braun looks like he’s resigned to striking out as soon as he sees Dotel come out of the Pen.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Nov 15, 2011 at 8:43 PM

      He owns Ryan Braun. Usually when I see stuff like that, I think sample size. However, I think he has struck him out something like 12 of 13 times. That is being seriously owned. No way around it.

      • cowboysoldiertx - Nov 15, 2011 at 9:28 PM

        I didn’t relize he dominated him like that. Nolan Ryanesk!e

      • cintiphil - Nov 16, 2011 at 11:08 AM

        You can’t hire a guy just to pitch to one man on one team. He was much better when he was young, but has some age on him now, and is a little erratic, even though at times he shows great ability.

  2. cshearing - Nov 16, 2011 at 8:01 AM

    Well, the new contract would have to be less than $2.75M, or someone in the Cards front office needs a calculator.

  3. cintiphil - Nov 16, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    This will be good. He is cheap of course, and that is the way the birds managers want it. Pass on Pujols and hire a managerwith no experience, then pass on Buehrle because of course he costs too much, then hire Dotel who is too old, but comes cheap. That is how championships are won, right? It is looking better for the Reds all the time.

    • paperlions - Nov 16, 2011 at 11:15 AM

      They passed on Burhle because they don’t need him, their rotation for next year is set, and they have other options should injuries arise.

      • cintiphil - Nov 16, 2011 at 1:00 PM

        Don’t give the “they can’t use him” stuff. The cards are not that rich in the pitching dept, that they can’t use an all star pitcher in the rotation. One might make the argument that the rotation can’t use another lefty, but doesn’t hold much water given his talent.

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