Octavio Dotel Signs with Pirates

They’re dropping like flies …

Setup man extraordinaire and former Met Octavio Dotel has signed a one-year deal with the Pirates, presumably to be their closer.

This really isn’t news to Mets fans because the Mets have PLENTY of bullpen depth, particularly in the setup role, having signed someone who has thrown 92 pitches since 2007 and the Jorge Julio of Japan.

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  1. Harry Chiti January 22, 2010 at 10:59 am
    Dotel said he signed in Pittsburgh because they were only team to offer him a closing opportunity. So, whether you would have liked him in the 8th inning or not in Queens, why would he come here when he was being given one more chance to be a closer? You could return with the more money option but that doesn’t always work (see Molina), you could give me the opportunity for post season play argument, but you wouldn’t do that.
  2. joejanish January 22, 2010 at 12:56 pm
    Why would ANYONE come here? is the real question, Harry.