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Octavio Dotel

  1. Octavio Dotel is retiring after 15 seasons for 13 teams

    Oct 3, 2014, 2:47 PM EST

    Octavio Dotel

    His career strikeout rate of 10.8 per nine innings is the best in the history of baseball for right-handed pitchers with at least 900 innings.

  2. 2014 Free Agent Tracker

    Dec 25, 2013, 12:26 AM EST

    MLB: Yankees-Brian McCann Press Conference

    Here’s the rundown of where this winter’s top 150 free agents are landing, continuously updated throughout the offseason. Re-signings are posted in red, while players signing with new teams are in blue. Stars denote players who received qualifying offers and thus will cost their new team a draft pick if they sign elsewhere. (Non-tenders have…

  3. Tigers will be hard-pressed to make big signing this winter

    Nov 3, 2013, 7:10 PM EST

    ALCS - Boston Red Sox v Detroit Tigers - Game Five

    The Tigers have made a habit of big splashes in the offseasons. Three years ago, it was Victor Martinez. Then Prince Fielder. Last winter, the Tigers signed both Anibal Sanchez and Torii Hunter. Those deals have helped them reach the postseason each year, but the ultimate prize has remained out of reach. As the Tigers…

  4. HardballTalk’s Top 150 Free Agents for 2014

    Nov 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Robinson Cano

    This year’s annual free agents column has expanded to a top 150, though I’m writing up just the top 55 (it was going to be 50, but I couldn’t help myself). The rest are presented in a list. Not included are players whose contract options are sure to be exercised. Players are ranked based not…

  5. Bruce Rondon feeling renewed discomfort in elbow

    Sep 25, 2013, 8:33 PM EST

    bruce rondon getty

    Tigers setup man Bruce Rondon made his first appearance since September 2 on Tuesday night against the Twins and struck out all three batters he faced. But he might have to be shut down again. According to beat writer Chris Iott of MLive.com, the hard-throwing right-hander woke up Wednesday morning with renewed soreness in his troublesome…

  6. Octavio Dotel wants to keep pitching at age 40

    Sep 19, 2013, 11:19 AM EST

    Octavio Dote

    When a 39-year-old reliever misses almost the entire season because of an elbow injury that’s usually the end of the line, but Octavio Dotel has never been your average reliever. Dotel was shut down last month after logging just 4.2 innings for the Tigers this season, but Bobby Nightengale of MLB.com reports that he received…

  7. Octavio Dotel won’t pitch for the Tigers again this season

    Sep 2, 2013, 10:47 AM EST

    New York Yankees v Detroit Tigers

    Octavio Dotel has been out since mid-April with an elbow injury and just when he was starting to get close to returning to the Tigers he left a minor-league rehab appearance over the weekend with forearm soreness. General manager Dave Dombrowski told Jason Beck of MLB.com that the Tigers are “basically shutting him down” for…

  8. Pirates call up minor league home run leader Andrew Lambo

    Aug 12, 2013, 3:45 PM EST

    Andrew Lambo, Jared Goedert

    Pirates prospect Andrew Lambo leads the minor leagues in homers with 31, going deep 14 times in 58 games at Double-A and 17 times in 59 games at Triple-A. And now the 24-year-old outfielder is headed to the majors for the first time. Pittsburgh has called up Lambo, who hit .284 with a .926 OPS…

  9. This might be the end of the line for Octavio Dotel

    Jun 12, 2013, 1:20 PM EST

    Octavio Dotel

    Octavio Dotel has played for 13 teams in 15 seasons, but the 39-year-old reliever is struggling to make it back from an elbow injury that could mean the end of his career. Dotel has already been on the disabled list for nearly two months with elbow inflammation and Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that he’s…

  10. Octavio Dotel visits Dr. James Andrews

    May 11, 2013, 7:15 PM EST

    Octavio Dote

    Tigers reliever Octavio Dotel got a second opinion on his ailing right elbow from Dr. James Andrews. The good news is there is no structural damage, per MLB.com’s Jason Beck on Twitter. The 39-year-old, though, will continue resting for another six days. Dotel was placed on the disabled list on April 23, retroactive to the…

  11. Octavio Dotel may need DL stint for elbow soreness

    Apr 22, 2013, 10:47 AM EST

    Detroit Tigers v Chicago White Sox

    Octavio Dotel was unavailable to pitch out the Tigers’ bullpen yesterday because of lingering elbow soreness and may need a stint on the disabled list. “The inflammation’s still there,” Dotel told Jason Beck of MLB.com. “It doesn’t go away. We’re just going to see how it will be on Tuesday.” In other words, if the…

  12. Tigers lose because Jim Leyland’s closer-by-committee really wasn’t

    Apr 3, 2013, 7:40 PM EST

    Jim Leyland

    Jim Leyland said all of the right things this spring after Bruce Rondon failed to step up and win the Tigers’ closing gig. He didn’t seem the least bit disturbed to go with a closer-by-committee situation while waiting for things to shake out. And then he went and seemingly abandoned the idea in the second…

  13. Dominican Republic goes undefeated in WBC, captures title

    Mar 19, 2013, 11:35 PM EST

    Dominican Republic's Cano celebrates with teammate Ramirez after scoring against Puerto Rico during the first inning of the World Baseball Classic final in San Francisco

    The 2013 World Baseball Classic is a wrap, and we have a new champion in Team Dominican Republic. The Dominicans rolled through the event undefeated, notching wins against Venezuela, Spain, Italy, the United States and Team Netherlands on the way to snagging the WBC crown. They topped Team Puerto Rico a total of three times…

  14. Phil Coke isn’t worried about the Tigers’ closer situation

    Mar 6, 2013, 10:01 PM EST

    Phil Coke

    Now that it’s increasingly apparent that hard-throwing rookie Bruce Rondon might not be able to handle the job, the Tigers are reportedly trying to acquire a closer. While it’s interesting to see this much uncertainty in the late innings for a team which is built to win right now, lefty reliever Phil Coke doesn’t see…

  15. Jim Leyland wants Jose Valverde back as “safety net”

    Mar 2, 2013, 7:30 PM EST

    World Series - Detroit Tigers v San Francisco Giants - Game 1

    Joel Sherman tweets: So I am not surprised to hear Leyland remains interested in bringing Valverde back as closer safety net but $$ still not right. #Tigers As mentioned yesterday, Lynn Henning of the Detroit News had a “personal guess” that Tigers manager Jim Leyland was “scared stiff” at the thought of relying on rookie…

  16. Tigers rethinking reliance on Bruce Rondon?

    Mar 1, 2013, 7:00 PM EST

    Bruce Rondon

    Lynn Henning of the Detroit News, on a “personal guess”, thinks Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland is “scared stiff” about relying on Bruce Rondon in the closer’s role: A personal guess is Leyland is scared stiff his kid closer isn’t ready. Minus an Opening Day closer he can trust, the Tigers could be in early…

  17. Octavio Dotel on Miguel Cabrera: “I don’t see him as a leader”

    Feb 20, 2013, 7:58 AM EST

    Detroit Tigers v Chicago White Sox

    Eric Adelson of Yahoo! was in Lakeland and he spoke to Tigers reliever Octavio Dotel. Who is still stinging, apparently, that his efforts to get Miguel Cabrera to be go all rah-rah team leadery during the playoffs last season were unsuccessful: “You have to step up and say something. Miggy’s more about his game. I…

  18. The Tigers aren’t taking the bait yet on Rafael Soriano

    Dec 8, 2012, 4:15 PM EST

    Rafael Soriano Getty

    Despite Scott Boras’ best efforts, the Tigers still aren’t taking the bait on free agent closer Rafael Soriano. According to Chris Iott of MLive.com, Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said this week that he’s pretty satisfied with the guys in his bullpen and isn’t going to add anyone unless it’s the right fit. “It would…

  19. Tigers exercise options on Jhonny Peralta, Octavio Dotel

    Oct 30, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

    Jhonny Peralta

    Detroit has exercised its team options on shortstop Jhonny Peralta and reliever Octavio Dotel, bringing back two key members of the American League champions for 2013. Peralta is coming off one of his worst seasons, hitting just .239 with 13 homers and a .689 OPS in 150 games, but with the free agent shortstop market…

  20. Giants manager Bruce Bochy keeps pushing all of the right buttons

    Oct 26, 2012, 12:13 AM EST

    Bruce Bochy

    The Giants weren’t as much of a surprise the Nationals, so it’s doubtful Bruce Bochy will get much love in the Manager of the Year award balloting when the results are announced next month. Now if there were a Postseason Manager of the Year award, there’s no doubt Bochy would claim it in a landslide.…

  21. Jim Leyland on Tigers’ closer situation: “Just going to play it by ear, see what happens”

    Oct 24, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

    Jose Valverde

    After pitching in a simulated game over the weekend Jose Valverde told reporters that he corrected a mechanical flaw responsible for his postseason struggles, but when asked if Valverde will resume closing in the World Series manager Jim Leyland was non-committal. Leyland used the same phrasing he repeatedly uttered during the ALCS, saying the Tigers…

  22. Verlander vs. The Yankees: it hardly seems fair

    Oct 16, 2012, 6:39 AM EST

    justin verlander getty

    The Tigers are up 2-0 in the ALCS. They are back home in Detroit. The Yankees offense is sending scribes to the thesaurus to find new words to describe their anemic offense ( feeble, infirm, pallid, sickly, wan, impotent, debilitated, decrepit, enervated, faint, flaccid, forceless, frail, impuissant).  And, oh yeah, Justin Verlander is on the mound…

  23. In bizarre fashion, Jose Valverde’s meltdown pays off for Tigers

    Oct 14, 2012, 1:27 AM EST

    Jose Valverde

    For all of the drama, Detroit pulled out Saturday’s Game 1 by a 6-4 score in 12 innings. And thanks to Jose Valverde‘s four-run ninth inning, the Tigers… – were able to extend the Yankees pen prior to Hiroki Kuroda making his first ever start on three days’ rest on Sunday. Rafael Soriano and David…

  24. The Tigers are a bit cranky at the moment

    Oct 11, 2012, 9:40 AM EST

    Division Series - Detroit Tigers v Oakland Athletics - Game Four

    From Jesse Sanchez’s game story at MLB.com following last night’s Tigers-A’s game: But the mood in the clubhouse took a serious turn and tension surfaced when veteran Octavio Dotel told [Miguel] Cabrera to address the media because it was his job as the leader of the team Cabrera turned down all interview requests and sat…

  25. The Tigers can’t turn back to Jose Valverde now

    Oct 11, 2012, 1:27 AM EST

    Jose Valverde

    The A’s had four hits in eight innings Wednesday and then doubled their total in the ninth. Pouncing all over Jose Valverde with their season down to its last three outs, the A’s scored three runs to beat the Tigers. In so doing, the A’s left Jim Leyland with a major dilemma: who does he…

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