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Tigers finalize one-year, $3.5 million deal with Octavio Dotel

Dec 9, 2011, 2:47 PM EDT

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Detroit and Octavio Dotel made their deal official, with the Tigers paying the veteran right-hander $3 million in 2012 and $3.5 million or a $500,000 buyout for 2013.

This will be his 13th team in 14 seasons, but Dotel remains a very effective reliever at age 38 and is particularly dominant against right-handed hitters, throwing 54 innings with a 3.50 ERA and 62/17 K/BB ratio while earning $3.5 million in 2011.

Dotel has the highest strikeout rate of all time among right-handers with 800-plus innings and even at age 37 got more than 10 strikeouts per nine innings for the fifth straight season.  He joins Joaquin Benoit and Al Alburquerque as right-handed setup men for closer Jose Valverde, and the Tigers also have Phil Coke and Daniel Schlereth from the left side.

Jason Beck of reports that Dotel chose the Tigers over the Brewers, with the Padres also in the mix.

  1. Lukehart80 - Dec 9, 2011 at 3:21 PM

    Losing Dotel?! This must really ruin the week for Cardinals’ fans.

  2. mirmz - Dec 9, 2011 at 3:33 PM

    This is bad news for the rest of the AL. Tigers already had a dominant bullpen, this makes it better. Leyland could pull his starter in the 5th and still feel confident with those arms.

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 9, 2011 at 3:42 PM

      Eh? This is Octavio Dotel after all.

      • mirmz - Dec 9, 2011 at 3:48 PM

        Yes, but it allows Leyland the ability to go LaRussa all over other teams. “Oh a righty-lefty-righty due up this inning? Warm-up Dotel, Alburquerque, and Coke. At the same time. Damnit, I don’t care if we only have two pitching rubbers, use the other team’s bullpen.”

    • cintiphil - Dec 9, 2011 at 3:57 PM

      You know, I mostly agree with you. With all the Albert and Angels talk, the Tiger still have a great staff, and I think the best manager in MLB, and Verlander, and will kick the pi$$ out of most teams in the central. Look out Angels, you may have just spent too much money on trying to bring in a winner.

  3. bluesfan58 - Dec 9, 2011 at 4:36 PM

    Losing AP may have been anticipated, of course, but now Octavio Dotel is gone, and last week Gerald Laird took his big bat to the AL too? And the Birds are apparently dumping Ryan Theriot? Will there be an “stars” left in St. Louis this year? Can anyone find Ryan Franklin’s telephone number?

    • cintiphil - Dec 10, 2011 at 1:58 PM

      This one is bad news. I liked Dotel and he could pitch for a good inning or two. The Tigers aren’t stupid, and know his limits. And by the way, who else are the cards going to use to get Braun out?

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