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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Dotel signs, Claggett designated for assignment

The Pirates have officially announced the signing of Octavio Dotel, as he passed his physical today. It is a one-year deal, with a team option for 2011. That option is a nice little addition to the contract. Anthony Claggett was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Dotel. Claggett is 25, and has not posted decent numbers since 2008 in Double-A. Projections have him with a FIP close to 5.00 this season. His...

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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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