09/18/10 10:16 PM ET
Rockies acquire Dotel from Dodgers
By Evan Drellich / MLB.com
The 36-year-old right-handed reliever walked across Dodger Stadium from the Dodgers clubhouse to the Rockies clubhouse on Saturday before the middle game of a three-game set at Dodger Stadium, a 12-2 Rockies victory. The Rockies acquired the veteran reliever and cash considerations for a player to be named later. Dotel was available for Saturday's game, but did not pitch.
Because he was acquired after Aug. 31, Dotel will not be available for any postseason play, but he can help spell the back end of the Rockies' bullpen down the stretch.
"It's a short walk," manager Jim Tracy said. "I'm glad he used the hallway, and didn't come across the field with his travel bag.
"Over the course of the final 15 games of the season, [Dotel gives us] an extra arm in situations that make sense for him, versus using up a [Matt] Belisle and a [Rafael] Betancourt in situations that now we wouldn't necessarily have to. We've got another proven arm in the bullpen."
Dotel, who will wear No. 35, began the year as a closer with the Pirates before he was traded to the Dodgers on July 31. The Rockies are his 10th Major League team in 12 seasons.
Dotel, who has 105 career saves, has spent the majority of his career in the National League. This season, Dotel is 3-3 with a 3.99 ERA and 22 saves between Pittsburgh and Los Angeles. He went 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA in 19 appearances for the Dodgers.
"This team looks like they need a little help in the bullpen," said Dotel, who was carrying his Pirates bag with him still. "I'm trying to understand baseball; sometimes it's hard to understand. ... They told me at maybe 12 o'clock for a 1 o'clock game. But the good thing is, you know, I came here, this is my team, and we look forward to keep doing what we're doing."
The Rockies had interest in Dotel at the non-waiver Trade Deadline. Dotel is finishing a one-year, $3.5 million deal, and he has a $4.25 million mutual option for 2011 with a $250,000 buyout. The amount of money the Dodgers are to save will be equivalent to about the cost of the buyout.
To make room on the 40-man roster for Dotel, the Rockies transferred right-hander pitcher Manuel Corpas from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.
Evan Drellich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.