Report: Blue Jays Sign Veteran Reliever Octavio Dotel to One-Year Deal


Former Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell is making moves up in Toronto, adding a potential closer to his bullpen.

According to, the Blue Jays have settled on a one-year deal with the Rockies former reliever, Octavio Dotel. The right-hander reportedly signed a contract that contains a base salary of $2.75 million for the 2011 season, with an additional $3.5 million team option for 2012. The deal also includes a $750,000 buyout if Toronto does not pick up his 2012 option.

The official announcement is waiting on the results of a physical, which will be completed in Dunedin, Fla., after the New Year.

Dotel threw for three different teams last season, posting a combined 4.08 ERA through 68 appearances with the Pirates, Dodgers and Rockies. He recorded 22 saves on the year.

Dotel will likely take over the closing responsibilities in Toronto, as former closer Kevin Gregg was granted free agency in November.

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