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    "Blue Jays, Pirates, Rays Interested In Dotel
    By Tim Dierkes [December 22 at 12:55pm CST]
    The Blue Jays, Pirates, and Rays are interested in free agent reliever Octavio Dotel, reports Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports. Since all three clubs might be willing to offer closing jobs, Dotel ought to be intrigued. On December 8th, ESPN's Enrique Rojas reported that the Diamondbacks, Blue Jays, Orioles, Twins, Pirates and Yankees had inquired on Dotel, though some of those clubs have since filled bullpen openings.

    Dotel, 37, posted a 4.08 ERA, 10.5 K/9, 4.5 BB/9, 1.3 HR/9, and 31.7% groundball rate in 64 innings for the Pirates, Dodgers, and Rockies. He received a $3.5MM base salary when the Pirates first signed him in January of this year."

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    Also this from the same link...

    "Do Closers Fetch More When Traded Midseason?
    By Tim Dierkes [December 22 at 1:51pm CST]
    Discussing the Mariners and David Aardsma today, David Cameron wrote, "There is a school of thought that closers garner more in return when moved at the deadline than in the offseason, though I haven’t seen much in the way of real evidence to support the assertion."

    Looking at the last three seasons and offseasons, let's look at examples with the help of MLBTR's Transaction Tracker. This post won't answer Cameron's question in a statistical sense, but it may help shed some light.

    I found four closers who were traded during the 2008-10 seasons: Octavio Dotel, Matt Capps, George Sherrill, and Jon Rauch. I've omitted the trades of Brian Fuentes, Chad Qualls, Kerry Wood, Billy Wagner, and Joel Hanrahan, as those five either weren't closing at the time of their trades or had prohibitive salaries.

    Dodgers acquired Octavio Dotel and $500K from Pirates for James McDonald and Andrew Lambo. Though both players had fallen out of favor with the Dodgers, this viewed as a steal for the Pirates. Dotel once fetched Kyle Davies from the Braves in a different trade, also a fine return.
    Twins acquired Matt Capps and $500K from Nationals for Wilson Ramos and Joe Testa. The Twins acquired a season and a half of Capps, but with Ramos regarded as at least a regular in the near future, Minnesota had to overpay for Washington's closer.
    Dodgers acquired George Sherrill from Orioles for Josh Bell and Steve Johnson. The Dodgers had potentially acquired two-plus seasons of Sherrill, who had a 2.40 ERA when the deal was struck. But Bell was a well-regarded prospect and was anointed Baltimore's third baseman of the future at the time.
    Diamondbacks acquired Jon Rauch from Nationals for Emilio Bonifacio. Bonifacio was Arizona's sixth-best prospect, but I'd expected Jim Bowden to ask for more for two-plus seasons of Rauch. It's fair to say the D'Backs didn't have to overpay for Rauch, though his closer pedigree only involved six saves before that season."

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    Default Re: Prates interested in Dotel

    Dotel....don't need him...don't want him.

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