Talk about a rarity. We saw a very surprising September trade over the weekend. The reason September trades are usually non-existent is because players traded after August 31st aren’t eligible for the postseason.

In another attempt to shore up their bullpen, the Colorado Rockies acquired reliever Octavio Dotel from the Los Angeles Dodgers for a player to be named later. Dotel was traded to the Dodgers from the Pittsburgh Pirates at the July 31st trade deadline for Andrew Lambo and James McDonald—a trade that has looked very good for the Pirates, by the way.

With Manuel Corpas lost for the season because of Tommy John surgery and Manny Delcarmen sucking, the Rockies could use another arm in the pen. Dotel should be able to help the Rockies out over the course of the next two weeks.

In 61 games, Dotel has a 3.97 ERA and is striking out almost 11 batters per innings, which is right near his career average. Dotel has also pitched extremely well in the second half. He has a 2.63 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP in 24 second-half innings.

Dotel pitched in the seventh inning against the Dodgers yesterday and that is where he will most likely be used down the stretch.

On a side note to this trade, did you know that the Rockies will be Dotel’s 10th team in his 12-year career? For some reason, I find that amazing.

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