Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Blue Jays add firepower to back of bullpen
By Justin Havens
Reliever Octavio Dotel and the Toronto Blue Jays agreed on a one-year, $3.5 million deal Tuesday, the player's agent told ESPNdeportes.com.
With the announcement that Dotel will function as the Blue Jays' closer in 2011, Toronto will be adding a high-strikeout reliever to the back of its bullpen. Since he reached the majors in 1999, few have equaled Dotel's propensity to record strikeouts, regardless of health or role.
Dotel has struck out at least 10 batters per nine innings pitched in each of the last four seasons, and since 1999 only Billy Wagner has more seasons with at least 10 strikeouts per nine innings.
The Blue Jays will be Dotel's 11th team in what will be his 13th season. He played for the Astros, Athletics and White Sox for multiple seasons and the Royals, Mets, Rockies, Pirates, Braves, Dodgers and Yankees for one season (or partial).
Among active players, only Matt Stairs -- who signed with the Washington Nationals this offseason -- has played for more teams than Dotel. Stairs has played for 12 teams since 1992. He debuted with the Nationals franchise during its Expos days, so he did not “gain” a team by joining the Nats.