Comments on: Dodgers Trade Octavio Dotel to the Rockies Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 18:01:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: Jerry Green Sat, 18 Sep 2010 21:59:00 +0000 This trade reminds me of what Smizik said on trade deadline day:

“If the Pirates kept Dotel next season, he’d be due $4.5 million. The Pirates, not surprisingly, wanted no part of that. So instead of declining the option at some point in the off-season, when it would clearly be a financial move, the Pirates attempted to cloud the issue by trading him.

Once he was dealt for pitcher James McDonald and outfielder Andrew Lambo, the Pirates were a lesser team — today and for next season.”

So can we now say that the Dodgers didn’t want any part of his salary next year and decided that instead of declining his option in the off season when it would be clearly be a financial move, they clouded the issue by trading him?