A Tale of Two Bullpens

A few weeks ago we saw the debut of the BUCCO Fans.com time machine when we went back to the 2008 July 31st trade deadline to keep the 2008 team together.  Today we’re going to power up the time machine once again, only this time we’re just going to go back about two or three months in time.  The exact date is November 3rd, 2009. I’d say let’s hop in and hit the road, but where we’re going, we...

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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...

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Pirates sign Octavio Dotel, DFA Anthony Claggett

UPDATE 3:16 PM: Kovacevic notes that Brendan Donnelly will be the primary set-up man.  That would make Hanrahan and Meek the middle relievers.  That makes for a strong bullpen, and a low pressure role for the two long term relievers.  Also in that link, Neal Huntington says the roster is pretty much set.  That makes sense.  Looking at the Spring Training tracker, you’ve got four spots still open....

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Pirates agree to deal with Octavio Dotel

According to Dejan Kovacevic, the Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a one year deal with relief pitcher Octavio Dotel, with the deal also including a club option for the 2011 season.  The agreement is pending the results of a physical, which will take place tomorrow.  Dotel could be officially signed by tomorrow afternoon. Kovacevic reports that Dotel chose the Pirates over two other teams for the opportunity to close....

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Pirates designate Steven Jackson for assignment

To make room for Ryan Church, the Pittsburgh Pirates have designated right handed pitcher Steven Jackson for assignment.  The 40-man roster is currently at 40 after these moves and the addition of Brandon Jones earlier today.  Another spot still needs to be cleared to make room for an Octavio Dotel signing, although a trade might be in the works to create that spot. The 2010 40-Man roster/payroll page is updated with this...

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