The trade deadline is starting to heat up, and the Pirates' closer, Octavio Dotel, could be the next player on the way out.
That's according to Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse, who says that the Marlins have inquired on Dotel after dealing with one of the league's worst bullpens to date. The Fish's bullpen has a 4.66 ERA in 222 1/3 innings, blowing 12 games. Adding Dotel as a setup man would add some stability for Florida.
Dotel's 4.55 ERA in 31 2/3 isn't very encouraging but as Price notes, that ERA is 2.01 since May 1 with 22 1/3 innings, punching out 28. The Pirates have their closer of the future ready in Evan Meek and as one of the worst teams in baseball certainly wouldn't hesitate to move Dotel. The Marlins -- as their owner, Jeffrey Loria made so clear when firing Fredi Gonzalez -- want to contend.
Florida could also look at Todd Coffey and Carlos Villanueva of Milwaukee, which Price notes have been made available. Coffey, 29, has a 4.28 ERA through 27 1/3 frames although he has gotten progressively worse as the season has advanced. In June, he pitched a scant two innings while missing three weeks with a thumb injury. If July is kind to him, many teams will be interested.
Villanueva's ERA is also high at 4.68 and like Coffey, has gotten worse the further the season goes. He was brilliant in April, not surrendering a run and posting a 17/5 K/BB ratio in 13 innings. Since then, his 26 innings have combined for an ERA around 7.
As the Marlins hunt for bullpen help, you can be sure they'll check on these names, plus others such as Kyle Farnsworth, Will Ohman and Kerry Wood, who the Indians would love to move.
-- Evan Brunell
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