Tag:Octavio Dotel
Posted on: November 15, 2010 9:51 pm

Dodgers close books on Dotel trade badly

The Dodgers acquired Anthony Jackson from the Rockies to complete the Octavio Dotel trade.

The Dodgers had netted Dotel originally from the Pirates at the trade deadline for starting pitcher James McDonald and prospect Andrew Lambo. That deal was a big step back in L.A. as McDonald blossomed into a starter once given a chance and Lambo is a strong prospect with only makeup issues.

The deal looked even worse when Dotel pitched only 18 2/3 innings for the Dodgers before the team gave up on contending and schlepped Dotel off to Colorado for the final push. Dotel appeared in 5 1/3 innings for Colorado.

Jackson is 26 and has never played above Double-A, so the return for Dotel was nothing for the Dodgers. Essentially, they made a bad trade to start with and now it's horrific in hindsight.

Jackson posted a .251/.351/.325 line in Double-A for 2010 in 515 plate appearances. Over a five-year career, Jackson has a .252/.331/.340 line. He's organizational filler and nothing more.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 9, 2010 7:58 pm
Edited on: November 9, 2010 9:29 pm

Hoffman eyeing D-Backs?

Trevor Hoffman Trevor Hoffman has repeatedly said he'd like to find a closer's spot for 2011 and in lieu of that, he could retire.

On Monday, Evan predicted four possible landing spots , and Hoffman must have been reading, as he mentioned Evan's No. 1 possibility -- the Arizona Diamondbacks.

"I've known [Arizona general manager Kevin Towers] for such a long time and I figured having a little history there would help," Hoffman told MLB.com's Barry Bloom . "But I don't know. I'm coming off a tough year. I don't know if people are going to be turned off by that or not. I hope the strong second half I had will compensate."

Hoffman's agent, Rick Thurman, told Bloom he hasn't talked directly with Towers yet, but has discussed relievers with the team. Thurman also represents Brian Fuentes, Arthur Rhodes, Will Ohman, Octavio Dotel and Chan-Ho Park.

"We just kind of glazed over the topic of Trevor," Thurman said. "They're looking for a closer. They need a lot of pitching. They're looking for back end relief help."

UPDATE: Towers tells Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic that he hasn't spoken to Hoffman or Thurman, but will certainly listen.

"You'd be nuts if you didn't at least consider somebody like Trevor Hoffman," Towers told Piecoro (via Twitter ).

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 3, 2010 9:01 pm
Edited on: November 4, 2010 10:11 pm

Olivo unlikely to return to Rockies

Miguel Olivo Miguel Olivo is unlikely to return to the Rockies, that's what we've known for weeks.

The Rockies have a $2.5 million option on the catcher for 2010. Foxsports.com's Tracy Ringolsby reports (via Twitter ) that the team has declined its option on Olivo. However, MLB.com's Thomas Harding talked to general manager David O'Dowd, who said the team has yet to make a decision.

"We're allowed to take our time and make a decision tomorrow," O'Dowd told Harding.

Troy Renck of the Denver Post seems to make some sense of this, tweeting the team will likely decline the option, but is trying to work out a trade before making the decision.

Chris Iannetta is in the second year of a three-year, $8.35 million contract.

Olivo hit .269/.315/.449 with 14 home runs in 2010. Olivo had a hot start, hitting .325/.377/.548 with 11 home runs before the All-Star break and .193/.225/.313 after the break.

Iannetta was hardly a world-beater, either. He hit .197/.318/.383 with nine home runs. Only three of his homers came after the break.

The Rockies did make one move -- and it was announced and confirmed -- declining its $7.5 million option on left-hander Jeff Francis. The Associated Press reported the team also declined its $4.5 million option on reliever Octavio Dotel.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 13, 2010 11:31 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:12 pm

R.I.P. Dodgers: Divorce drama dominates

As the sports world waits for the crowning of a champion, 22 other teams are busy preparing for spring training. What went wrong for these teams, and what does 2011 hold? MLB Facts and Rumors here at CBS Sports will be answering those questions through all of October. Today: The Los Angeles Dodgers.

Things looked promising after 2009, when the Dodgers won their second consecutive National League West title and made it two straight trips to the NLCS.

And yet somehow, by the time camp broke in 2010, it was clear that this was a team that was in for a long season. The ongoing divorce of owners Frank and Jamie McCourt had generated sensational headlines and hamstrung the team financially. Without financial flexibility, general manager Ned Colletti was unable to add the pitching the Dodgers needed.

The result was an 80-82 season filled with frustration and distractions, and one of baseball’s proudest franchises is in trouble if the ownership mess isn’t straightened out soon.


Pitching was an issue throughout the season, as there wasn’t enough in the rotation to back up Chad Billingsley and Clayton Kershaw (though Hiroki Kuroda was a nice surprise) and the bullpen caused as many fires as it put out. George Sherrill collapsed, and closer Jonathan Broxton pitched himself out of a job.

Manny Ramirez The offensive picture might have been a lot different if their $20 million slugging outfielder had shown up, figuratively or literally. Instead of vintage Manny Ramirez, they ended up with a post-suspension slap hitter who seemed dedicated to finding ways not to play baseball. He had just 196 at-bats and hit eight homers, not exactly what the Dodgers were hoping for.

Ramirez wasn’t alone as a distraction. Coming off a big season, Matt Kemp saw his batting average drop nearly 50 points, looked lost at times in the outfield after winning a Gold Glove the year before, and was constantly in a beef with someone. He clashed with teammates, coaches and staff.

Russell Martin continued to struggle with his injuries, and Andre Ethier broke his finger in May and never was the same. Rafael Furcal and Vicente Padilla also spent time on the DL.


Ethier took steps forward despite his finger issue, and Kershaw and Billingsley stepped up. Hong-Chih Kuo was a revelation in relief, and he and rookie Kenley Jansen give the Dodgers some good options at the end of the pen in the future.

Beyond that, good news was pretty tough to find.

The minor-league ranks were thinned when Colletti, badly misreading his club’s potential, decided the Dodgers were still in contention and shipped out a ton of players in trades for Ted Lilly, Scott Podsednik, Ryan Theriot and Octavio Dotel – none of whom was signed past 2010.

Colletti’s shopping spree didn’t leave the cupboard completely bare. The closest they have to actual help from the minors is probably outfielder Trayvon Robinson, who upped his stock in a big way this season.

It will depend almost entirely on what happens with the McCourt mess.  The team could be tied up in court and financially hamstrung. Commissioner Bud Selig or the courts could force the McCourts to sell, giving the team a new lease on the future.


The Dodgers have got some decisions to make.

One is on Matt Kemp. They need to get everybody into a room and work this thing out once and for all, or cut their losses and just admit they can’t get along. He has trade value.

Another is Martin. He’s just not the same player he was a couple of years ago, and now he’s coming off hip surgery and he could make as much as $7 million in arbitration. With the promising A.J. Ellis on board, they might be better off trading Martin before he puts up another .248/.347/.332 and loses all his value.

Word is that Lilly is open to returning, and that would be money well-spent -- they don’t want to enter next season short in the rotation again.


The McCourts’ drama shows no sign of abating, and even if they put the team on the market tomorrow, it’s unlikely a sale could be completed in time to solidify the Dodgers’ situation in time to help 2011. An unproven, rookie manager, plenty of drama – this doesn’t look like the recipe for immediate success. Tough to see the Dodgers finishing better than third in the division.

Check out the rest of the R.I.P. reports here.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: October 13, 2010 6:33 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:56 am

R.I.P. Pirates: 18 losing seasons and counting

As the sports world waits for the crowning of a champion, 22 other teams are busy preparing for spring training. What went wrong for these teams, and what does 2011 hold? MLB Facts and Rumors here at CBS Sports will be answering those questions through all of October. Now: the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Oh, Pirates. So sad. But hey, you've got one of the best ballparks in Major League Baseball, maybe one day you'll have a real major league team.


Where to start?

Well, let's avoid the debacle that was the Akinori Iwamura trade, and go straight to the biggest problem.

The Pirates' starting rotation was Paul Maholm, Zach Duke, Jeff Karstens, Ross Ohlendorf and Charlie Morton -- each lost at least 10 games. Now, I know we're smart enough here not to judge a pitcher based solely on his W-L record. But all but Ohlendorf had an ERA+ of 83 or lower. That ain't good.


James McDonald Several young players showed glimpses of being productive big leaguers in the future. Pedro Alvarez, Jose Tabata and Neil Walker (pictured, lower right) join Andrew McCutchen as a lineup that can play.

How about the trade of Octavio Dotel and cash to the Dodgers for right-hander James McDonald (pictured, left)? McDonald, 25, started 11 games for the Pirates after the trade and went 4-5 with a 3.52 ERA. McDonald has impressive stuff and is one of the few strikeout pitchers on the roster.


Stop me if you've heard this one before, but the Pirates do have some good, young talent. Unfortunately, not much of it is ready for the big leagues.

One of the few that could help soon is Bryan Morris, a 23-year old right-hander who went 6-4 with a 4.25 ERA at Double-A Altoona.

There will certainly be players to watch in the team's minor league system, but it'll be in the lower levels in guys like Jameson Taillon, Stetson Allie and Luis Heredia.


It's the Pirates, the expectations don't change. There are none besides playing 81 home games.


Oh, how about this crazy idea. You know that money you get from other teams in revenue sharing? Why not spend it on players? Radical, right?

Now, who do you sign? Right now you go for bargain innings-eaters. Maybe someone like Kevin Millwood or Brad Penny. They're not great, but they can be had and could stick around a little longer.

It's not like Carl Crawford is going to sign in Pittsburgh, but that's not the type of player the Pirates need to target at this point, instead it's filler until the real talent comes along.


The Pirates will record their 19th consecutive losing season and finish at the bottom of perhaps the weakest division in baseball once again.

Check out the rest of the R.I.P. reports here .

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 18, 2010 5:09 pm
Edited on: September 18, 2010 6:58 pm

Rockies nab Octavio Dotel

Octavio Dotel The Rockies aren't messing around.

Colorado, in the midst of their annual September surge, acquired reliever Octavio Dotel from the Dodgers to bolster the bullpen.

All it took was a player to be named later for the Rockies to add a high-end complement to the bullpen. The 36-year-old has a 3.99 ERA in 58 2/3 innings on the year, although that mark is down to 3.38 since the trading deadline, when he was traded from the Pirates (4.28 ERA) to the Dodgers, going from a closer to a setupman.

Even though Dotel will not be eligible for the postseason roster, Colorado needs every edge it can get to complete their stunning comeback.

Colorado is currently 1 1/2 games behind first in the NL West and 2 1/2 games behind the stumbling Braves for the wild card lead.

The Dodgers traded starter James McDonald, whom they mistreated (and has a 3.49 ERA in eight starts for the Pirates), and top prospect Andrew Lambo for Dotel's services, which was viewed as a massive overpay. Now, Dotel is gone for perhaps $250,000 in savings for the Dodgers and the requisite PTBNL.

Great job, Ned Colletti.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 31, 2010 4:28 pm
Edited on: July 31, 2010 4:39 pm

Dodgers add Dotel

Octavio Dotel The Dodgers have been busy Saturday.

First Ted Lilly and Ryan Theriot, now reliever Octavio Dotel has been added to the bullpen corps. For Dotel and $500,000, the Pirates swoop in and get starter James McDonald and top prospect Andrew Lambo.

Dotel has closed for the Pirates all season, posting a 4.28 ERA in 40 innings. He's punched out 48 batters, matching his whiff rate from 2009. His walk rate of 3.8 batters per nine is his lowest since 2007 and should be a force for the Dodgers in the back of the bullpen. Even better than the fact the Dodgers are getting $500,000 to help cover Dotel's deal is that Los Angeles holds a $4.5 million club option that can be exercised for 2011.

The negative comes in the return -- McDonald and Lambo is quite a bit to give up for an old reliever who can give maybe 20 innings the rest of the season.

McDonald posted an even 4.00 ERA over 63 innings in 2009, starting four games and relieving in 41. In a small sample size of 7 2/3 innings in the bigs this season, he has a 8.22 ERA. Rated the No. 56 prospect by Baseball America prior to 2009, McDonald has a 4.41 ERA in 12 starts for the Triple-A club as a 25-year-old.

He can give the Pirates some solid innings out of the rotation, although his future may be in relief where he could emerge as a late-inning weapon.

Lambo was ranked as the No. 7 prospect in the Dodgers' farm system heading into 2010 and is hitting .271/.325/.420 in 198 plate appearances with four home runs. The 21-year-old is primarily a left-fielder and has a chance to develop into an average or above-average regular for Pittsburgh. All in all, a great return for someone meaningless to the Pirates.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 19, 2010 3:41 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:55 am

Relievers on the block 'terrible'

Is your team one of the many out there looking for bullpen help? Good luck.

Here's what ESPN's Buster Olney hears:

Right now the cream of the crop seems to be a trio of Blue Jays: Kevin Gregg, Jason Frasor and Scott Downs. Also, available could be the likes of Pittsburgh's Octavio Dotel, Houston's Brandon Lyon, Seattle's David Aardsma, Kansas City's Kyle Farnsworth, Florida's Leo Nunez, Washington's Matt Capps and Arizona's Chad Qualls and Aaron Heilman. The trade market even had a hiccup when Kerry Wood went on the DL -- that tells you about everything you need to know.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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