RP, Pittsburgh Pirates
Age: 36
Born: November 25, 1973
Height: 6′ 0″
Weight: 175
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Signed: Int. FA, New York Mets, 1993
How Acquired: Free Agent
High School: Liceo Eansino Afuera (Santo Domingo, DO)
Agent: Dan Horwits


Dotel has been electric the last two years with the Chicago White Sox, posting a 3.55 ERA in 129.1 innings, with an amazing 11.6 K/9, a 2.57 K/BB, and a 1.3 HR/9 ratio. Dotel has always had a problem with the long ball, but has an amazing 11.0 career K/9 ratio, and a low 7.2 H/9 ratio. He will start the season as the closer for the Pirates, giving Joel Hanrahan more time to continue the improvements we saw from him in 2009 after coming over from the Washington Nationals.

Dotel’s last experience as a closer came in 2007 when took over as Kansas City’s closer mid-season. He saved 11 games with three blown saves from the start of June to the end of July, then was traded to Atlanta at the trade deadline, at which point Joakim Soria took over. In 2004, Dotel was the closer for Houston to start the year, saving 14 of 17 chances. He was traded to Oakland that June in a deal that sent Carlos Beltran to the Houston Astros, and Mark Teahen, Mike Wood, and John Buck to the Kansas City Royals. Dotel went 22 for 28 the rest of the season as Oakland’s closer, then went 7 for 11 to start the 2005 season before going down with an injury.


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Current Contract:

1 year/$3.5 M plus 2011 club option

2010: $3,250,000
2011: $4,500,000 club option ($250,000 buyout)

Other Details:

  • Performance bonuses based on games finished.
  • 2011 option becomes mutual if Dotel is traded.
Previous Contracts:

Team Control Years

1999: $200,000
2000: $240,000
2001: $305,000
2002: $435,000
2003: $1,600,000

Other Details:

  • $25,000 each for 60, 70 games

2004: $2,800,000
2005: $4,750,000

1 year/$2 M

2006: $2,000,000

Other Details:

  • $250,000 bonus when activated.
  • Up to $3 M in bonuses based on games.
  • Up to $2.5 M in bonuses based on games finished.
1 year/$5 M plus 2008 player option

2007: $5,000,000

Other Details:

  • $200,000 each for 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, and 60 games finished.
  • $250,000 for 65 games finished.
  • $100,000 for World Series MVP, $100,000 for Rolaids Award ($50,000 for 2nd-5th), $100,000 for MVP ($50,000 for 2nd-5th), $50,000 each for Gold Glove, LCS MVP, or All-Star selection.
  • Filed for free agency November 7, 2007, voiding $5.5 M 2008 option.
2 years/$11 M

2008: $5,000,000
2009: $6,000,000

Other Details:

  • 2009 salary increases by bonuses earned in 2008.
  • Performance Bonuses: $50,000 for 40 games finished. $75,000 for 45 games finished. $100,000 for 50 games finished, $125,000 for 55 games finished. $150,000 for 60 games finished.
  • Award Bonuses: $100,000 each for MVP, Cy Young, Rolaids, World Series MVP. $75,000 for LCS MVP. $50,000 for TSN All-Star. $25,000 each for Gold Glove, All-Star starter. $15,000 for All-Star selection.
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 1995
MLB Debut: 6/26/1999
MLB FA Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: N/A
MLB Service Time: 11.113
1995: Gulf Coast League All-Star SP
1999: Winter League All-Star SP
Baseball America

1997: #10 NYM
1999: #45 MLB, #2 NYM

March 20, 1993: Signed by the New York Mets as an international free agent.
December 23, 1999: Acquired by the Houston Astros from the New York Mets along with Kyle Kessel and Roger Cedeno in exchange for Derek Bell and Mike Hampton.
June 24, 2004: Acquired by the Oakland Athletics from the Houston Astros as part of a three team deal that saw Mark Teahen and Mike Wood go from Oakland to Kansas City, John Buck and cash go from Houston to Kansas City, and Carlos Beltran go from Kansas City to Houston.
January 4, 2006: Signed with the New York Yankees as a free agent.
December 8, 2006: Signed with the Kansas City Royals as a free agent.
July 31, 2007: Acquired by the Atlanta Braves from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for Kyle Davies.
January 22, 2008: Signed with the Chicago White Sox as a free agent.
January 21, 2010: Signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates as a free agent.
July 31, 2010: Acquired by the Los Angeles Dodgers from the Pittsburgh Pirates along with $500,000 in exchange for James McDonald and Andrew Lambo.