Posts Tagged ‘Brendan Donnelly’

Pirates Continue To Add Relievers, Sign Octavio Dotel

January 22, 2010

Almost a week after the Pittsburgh Pirates signed relievers D.J. Carrasco and Brendan Donnelly, the Pirates are at it again.

According to Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pirates have signed Octavio Dotel to a one-year, $3 million contract. There is also a club option for 2011.

Dotel becomes the Pirates closer

Dotel is expected to be the Pirates’ closer in 2010.

This is a pretty good deal for both parties.

For Dotel, he gets the chance to close again. Though he hasn’t closed games on a consistent basis since 2007 with the Kansas City Royals (I completely forgot he was on the Royals), Dotel should be up to the task in Pittsburgh.

At the age of 36, Dotel showed no signs of slowing down last year with the Chicago White Sox. Dotel posted a 3.32 ERA and a 10.8 K/9 ratio in 62.1 innings.

Perhaps the only concern with Dotel is his increased walk rate. Dotel had a 5.2 BB/9 ratio last year, which was his highest since 2006.

For the Pirates, I like this move for a couple of reasons.

First, Dotel is better than anything they currently have in the bullpen, so he is a definite upgrade. There is nothing more demoralizing to a young team than having to battle for eight innings and then your closer comes in and blows the game.

Dotel will at least help stabilize the bullpen on the back end. And considering that he made $6 million with the White Sox last season, the Pirates got him at a reasonable cost.

Second, a player like Dotel can become prime trade bait for the Pirates. Contending teams are always looking for relief pitchers at the trade deadline and someone like Dotel could be a hot commodity.

If he can stay healthy and prove he still has it, then the Pirates could look to trade him for some prospects once they fall out of the race (which is inevitable).

As I wrote in my Carrasco and Donnelly post, the moves the Pirates have made this offseason won’t make them a contender in 2010, but will make them a much tougher out next year.

Their bullpen has been vastly improved this offseason and they continue to get more athletic. If everything breaks right for them, they could win 75-80 games in 2010.

Dotel will be entering his 12th season in the majors and has a career 3.73 ERA with 83 saves and a 11.0 K/9 ratio with the New York Mets, Houston Astros, Oakland A’s, New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, Royals and White Sox.

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Pirates Add A Couple Of Relievers

January 19, 2010

After focusing on improving their offense for the first-half of the offseason, the Pittsburgh Pirates have shifted their focus to trying to improve the bullpen.

According to various outlets, the Pirates have signed right-handed relievers D.J. Carrasco and Brendan Donnelly. Carrasco was signed to a minor-league deal and Donnelly was signed a one-year, $1.35 million contract.

Donnelly had a 1.78 ERA with the Marlins in 2009

Carrasco and Donnelly will join a bullpen that already consists of Joel Hanrahan, Steven Jackson, and Donnie Veal amongst others.

Carrasco, 32, was non-tendered by the Chicago White Sox in December. In 2009, Carrasco had a 3.76 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP in 93.1 innings pitched. Carrasco’s 89.1 innings as a reliever, led all of baseball in that category.

While Carrasco did sign a minor-league contract, he is almost a shoe-in to land a spot in the Pirates’ bullpen out of spring training.

Donnelly’s deal on the other hand is a little more interesting. Donnelly is 38 and hasn’t pitched more than 30 innings in a season since 2006. Donnelly had Tommy John surgery in 2007 and has only pitched in 39 innings the last two years.

$1.35 million is a lot to give a guy who may or may not make it past the All Star break. If the Pirates don’t make any more moves to their bullpen, Donnelly could be setting up Hanrahan in the eighth inning.

I wonder if the signings of Carrasco and Donnelly eliminate the possibility of the Pirates signing Octavio Dotel? The Pirates have been rumored to be interested in signing Dotel and many thought they would have signed him last week.

Moves like Carrasco and Donnelly are no-harm, no-foul moves for the Pirates. If they work out, perhaps the Pirates can trade them to a contender at the trade deadline for prospects and if they don’t, their contracts won’t be an albatross.

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