Friday, December 30, 2005

Yankees Get Some Much Needed Relief

Reliever Octavio Dotel agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract with the New York Yankees on Thursday after beginning last season with Oakland but not pitching past May because of major elbow surgery.

Dotel, a 32-year-old free agent, joins a Yankee bullpen that was erratic all season. He will earn another $250,000 once he is added to the active major league roster.

The right-hander was 1-2 with a 3.52 earned run average in 15 games for Oakland in 2005 before being placed on the disabled list May 19 and undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.

In his 15 appearances, he limited opposing batters to a .185 average and held right-handed hitters to just three hits in 28 at-bats (.107). He has 481 strikeouts in 389 2-3 innings as reliever since the 2001 season, the most in the majors.

Dotel has played parts of seven seasons with the Mets (1999), Astros (2000-04) and Athletics (2004-05).


I thought this deal already happened, but I guess Dotel didn't sign until this morning. If Dotel is healthy, he'll make a great addition to the NY bullpen.

Unfortunately, my only memory of him, is his giving walk-off home-runs to the Red Sox on consecutive nights ( Nixon and Ortiz hit them). So he isn't that great versus Boston...


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