Source: Bucs nearing deal with Dotel

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

The Pirates are nearing a deal with free agent reliever Octavio Dotel, a source confirmed with MLB.com on Thursday. Though the two sides are close, no agreement is in place yet. Dotel would also still need to undergo a physical before anything would become official.

Dotel, 36, is coming off a season in which he made $6 million in the second year of a two-year deal with the White Sox. He made 62 appearances in 2009 and finished with a 3.32 ERA and 75 strikeouts in 62 1/3 innings.

Though Pittsburgh is expected to have offered Dotel a Major League deal, it is unlikely that the salary will approach what Dotel earned last year given general manager Neal Huntington’s hesitancy to pay relievers big dollars.

With Matt Capps now gone, the right-handed Dotel could very well compete to be the Pirates’ closer in 2010. Being given the opportunity to return to a ninth-inning role for the first time since 2007 could be quite appealing for Dotel. The Pirates’ internal options of Joel Hanrahan and Evan Meek would also likely get some consideration for the closer’s spot.

Dotel, an 11-season veteran, has a career 3.73 ERA in 562 big league appearances. He made a career-high 77 appearances in 2004 and also finished that year with a career-best 36 saves.

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2 Comments

Dotel is 10 years older than Matt Capps. He’s is one of a few decent closers available. To sign him, will management be willing to pay him more than they offered to Capps? With the bullpen depleted, management may have no choice, but it brings into question why they let Capps go.
Capps came off a tough year, yet a lot of other teams felt he is worth the investment. Without a decent bullpen the Pirates will be sitting on a chair with one leg missing, and unfortunately for us fans again, that chair will be resting in last place.

PITTSBURGH PIRATES=BIGGEST JOKE IN ALL OF PROFESSIONAL SPORTS. are you kidding me? dotel? yep we are definitely going to the world series. why is it that major league baseball stepped in and told the marlins they have to spend their revenue sharing money on PLAYERS, but the pirate owner just keep on putting it in their pockets. are people in this town blind or just plain stupid? the nuttings are making a ton of money on this team by pocketing revenue sharin and putting an absolute joke of a team on the field. WAKE UP PITTSBURGH- the only way this team will improve is if the nutting sell it to someone who wants to win- and that won’t happen if you continue to go to the games and make it profitable for the nuttings.

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