Octavio Dotel traded to Los Angeles in last major reported trade of the deadline

The Pittsburgh Pirates traded closer Octavio Dotel to the LA Dodgers for James McDonald and another prospect.

I don’t get this trade for LA. Look, I love Octavio Dotel. I really do. I used to play a game called MLB Showdown and Dotel was my ace reliever. I loved him. But you do not trade a pitcher like James McDonald for two months of a relief pitcher. Dotel can still bring the gas face as shown by his 10.80 K/9, which is actually below his career average. Along with Jon Broxton and Hong-Chih Kuo the Dodgers now have three reliable relievers to close out a ballgame. But that price is not worth James McDonald.

James McDonald is not the high upside arm many thought he would be. He is 26 now, has spotty command, and gives up fly balls and home runs. But he is still capable of being an above starter, thanks in part to an ability to get swinging strikes and K’s. The Pirates will have five cost-controlled years of McDonald, where he can fit in nicely as their #3-#4 starter.

Dotel will fetch the Dodgers a compensation pick, but those are worth $2.5mil. McDonald will certainly be worth more than that. And I haven’t even discussed the other prospect going to Pittsburgh.

LA could get a good player with their pick, but considering the low success rate of prospects, it will be a long shot if that pick can get the current status that McDonald has reached.

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