Getting McDonald for Dotel alone would have been a steal.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have traded Octavio Dotel to the Colorado Rockies in exchange for a player to be named later. While that news doesn't really have any impact on the Pittsburgh Pirates, it provides a perfect opportunity to take a look at what might have been one of Neal Huntington's best trades so far.
The Dodgers acquired Dotel from the Pirates at the trade deadline in exchange for James McDonald and Andrew Lambo. Lambo and McDonald were the number one and two prospects in the Dodgers' system, respectively, prior to the 2009 season, but both saw their stock drop in the last year and a half. However, both have revived their careers so far in the Pirates' system.
McDonald has easily been the best starting pitcher for the Pirates since the trade, with a 3.49 ERA in 49 innings over eight starts, along with an 8.1 K/9 and a 3.3 BB/9 ratio. Meanwhile, Lambo hit for a .275/.353/.352 line with two homers in 91 at-bat...
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