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The Tigers will sign Octavio Dotel

Dec 8, 2011, 9:14 AM EDT

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It was reported last night that the Tigers were “closing in” on signing Octavio Dotel. Now they got him. A one-year deal with an option.

He had a great run in the playoffs and as long as you keep him away from lefties he’s OK. Still, he’s a 38 year-old non-closer reliever, so it’s not like this is anything to go crazy over.

  1. ukcardsfan - Dec 8, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    Hardly surprising given the Cardinals are being kept far too busy by someone else right now…this is a shame as Dotel should have been one of the first that the birds should have gone out and gotten. But hey, done now.

    • saints97 - Dec 8, 2011 at 9:32 AM

      They are going to get a sandwich pick for losing him. They would have been idiots to think that an aging middle reliever is worth more than a sandwich pick, especially when they have a ton of depth at RH relief.

      • paperlions - Dec 8, 2011 at 9:35 AM

        They won’t get anything for losing him, you can’t turn down a team option and then offer arbitration….and you don’t get compensation for guys you don’t offer arbitration to.

      • saints97 - Dec 8, 2011 at 10:31 AM

        They do get a sandwich pick, Paperlions. It is an odd quirk in the new CBA.

      • paperlions - Dec 8, 2011 at 10:43 AM


      • saints97 - Dec 8, 2011 at 10:57 AM

        I agree, but I don’t mind the windfall one bit.

    • paperlions - Dec 8, 2011 at 9:34 AM

      Well, they could have just picked up his $3.5M option…my guess is that they figure a healthy Sanchez can fill that roll for $460K. Sanchez has the same strengths (nasty against righties) and same weakness (no real out pitch against lefties).

  2. yankeesfanlen - Dec 8, 2011 at 9:26 AM

    Good for the Tigers! Valverde, for all his glory, has a mental block in non-save situations.

  3. 78mu - Dec 8, 2011 at 9:28 AM

    He’s pretty good for the 7th or 8th inning with men on base and Ryan Braun coming up. I’m sure the Brewers are not sorry to see him go back to the AL.

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