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Octavio Dotel contract details

Dejan Kovacevic reports that Octavio Dotel will make $3.25 M in 2010, with a $4.5 M option in 2011.  That option includes a $250 K buyout.  The deal includes performance bonuses based on games finished, although those bonuses are unknown.  The deal also comes with a clause that makes the option a mutual option, should Dotel get traded.  While this doesn’t prevent the Pirates from potentially trading Dotel, it does lower his value essentially to a two month rental, as Dotel could void the option with his new team and enter free agency again next off-season if traded.

Of course there’s no guarantee Dotel will be traded.  Dotel was a Type A free agent this off-season, although he wasn’t offered arbitration, which means the Pirates won’t lose any draft picks for signing him.  However, there’s a good chance that he retains his Type A status, which means the Pirates could get two compensation picks for him after the season.  To do so they would need to buyout his option for $250 K, then offer him arbitration.  Dotel would need to decline arbitration, at which point the Pirates would be guaranteed a compensation pick between the first and second rounds of the 2011 draft, plus a second compensation pick from the team that signs Dotel for the 2011 season.

If Dotel were to accept the offer of arbitration from the Pirates, he would be eligible for a raise over his total compensation in 2010 (the $3.25 M, plus any bonuses he receives).  The Pirates would still be paying the $250 K buyout in that scenario, on top of Dotel’s new 2011 salary.

The 2010 40-man roster/payroll page has been updated.  It looks like the opening day payroll will remain in the $36 M range.  The Future Payroll Commitments page has also been updated.  With Dotel’s $250 K buyout, the Pirates are now committed to just $12.35 M after the 2010 season, with $11.1 M of that in 2011.

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