Octavio Dotel Would Like to Pitch for the Mets

dotel-metsMLBTradeRumors picked up this tidbit from the Chicago Sun-Times:

Octavio Dotel said he approached the club about his immediate future and a contract extension last month and was told he wasn’t in the plans. The reliever at least appreciated the Sox being upfront with him. As he turns his attention to free agency, New York is atop his wish list. The Mets are his first choice and the Yankees second.

Well, it would be a few years too late, but, heck, he’d slot right in as the top middle reliever on the Mets right now.

Though Dotel projects as a Type A free agent, that’s not a huge issue for the Mets. Since the team will finish as one of the worst 15 teams in MLB, they won’t surrender a #1 draft pick if they sign a Type A — though they will lose their #2 pick.

In 61 games this year, the 35-year-old reliever has a 3.36 ERA and 1.46 WHIP with 74 Ks in 61 IP.

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  1. edfever September 25, 2009 at 6:40 pm
    Joe- sorry to put this comment here but i wasn’t sure if you’d see it under the appropriate post. The other day we were talking about Bostick and why he wasn’t called up. I just rem. a tweeter conversation I had with Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News on or around Aug. 30th that may shed some light. I asked Mike about call-ups since he covers the Bison’s and he made a comment about Bostick that may collaborate the idea he needs rest before winter ball, here’s the posts from our twitter accounts….

    Mike how does Tobi Stoner look since he seems to be the only pitching prospect in AAA and should Kunz/Bostick get call ups source Mets_Fever twitter

    You’re reaching. They’ll call up Kunz 2 look good. Bostick was great June -July but velocity down to low 90s. Stoner? Blah. #Mets source BMHarrington twitter

  2. joejanish September 26, 2009 at 12:53 am
    Ed, thanks for sharing.

    Interesting comments by Mike. If it’s true the Mets didn’t promote Bostick because his velocity was “down” to the low 90s, then I’m more confused than before. Were they concerned that Bostick might injure himself, or was injured, because of the drop in velocity? Because the same issue didn’t stop them from moving Bobby Parnell into the starting rotation.

    If that’s not the case, then what’s wrong with the low 90s for a LOOGY? Perpetual Pedro Feliciano rarely gets a ball above 88 MPH.

    The mystery grows … the more we know, the less we know …