Monday, December 27, 2010

Dotel Signs with Blue Jays

According to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes, Octavio Dotel is close to reaching an agreement on a one year deal with the Toronto Blue Jays.  The deal appears to be nearly identical to the contract he signed with Pittsburgh prior to the 2010 season, which was worth $3.2 M plus $500K in incentives.

With Scott Downs having signed with the Angels and Kevin Gregg exploring other options, it appears Dotel may be given an opportunity to close in Toronto.  At 37, Dotel still has whiff inducing stuff, which includes a lively fastball and sharp breaking slider.  For his career, he's racked up a career K/9 rate of 10.95 in 834 innings. 

The closer role is nothing new to Dotel.  He's encumbered the role a few times throughout his career with the Astros, Athletics, Royals, and Pirates with varying degrees of success.  Due to his penchant for issuing walks and allowing home runs, he's probably best suited as a seventh or eighth inning set up guy.  Still, you could definitely do worse than Dotel in the closer role--like Kevin Gregg, for example, who held the role for the Blue Jays last year. 

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