White Sox make a bad move in signing Dotel to 2 years

January 18, 2008 at 9:26 am 16 comments


The Chicago White Sox have agreed to terms with reliever Octavio Dotel on a two-year contract worth $11 million, according to Impacto Deportivo. I have one thing to say: When will the bad signings by the White Sox end?! They have no chance!

Octavio Dotel is one of the most injury prone players in the game. The only way this deal works is if he stays healthy, which I doubt will happen. When healthy, Dotel hasn’t lost his stuff. He still has a plus fastball and an above-average slider that flashes plus. But the fact that Kenny Williams gave him a 2 year deal at $5.5M per year makes this deal awful.

In order to get their money back on this investment they need to get about 50-60 innings per year and that might make it worth it if Dotel pitches those innings to the caliber he is capable. I don’t see that happening. Kenny Williams needs to realize his team cannot compete with the Indians and Tigers and he needs to keep a core of players will rebuilding at the same time. It’s time for Williams to stop making ridiculous deals and to trade some players like Joe Crede and Jermaine Dye.

—Also, there is word that the White Sox plan on keeping Joe Crede at 3B and that leaves Josh Fields out of a job because they said they want to keep him at 3B and give him full-time at-bats which means he will be in AAA if Joe Crede is still with the White Sox. Another mistake by Kenny Williams.

-Jonathan C. Mitchell


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16 Comments Add your own

  • 1. erik  |  January 18, 2008 at 10:27 am

    Interesting he got a 2yr deal with his injury history.

  • 2. Charlie Nehl  |  January 18, 2008 at 10:37 am

    The Sox have gone from bad to worse. Seriously. If anything after last season, they’ve seen a few decent youngsters like Fields, Owens, and could be good Sweeney. They still have their super stars with Kornerko (for now, I’ve been hearing rumours again), Dye, and Thome on the field and hitting. Fields is ready, and they need to dump Crede. They got Orlando Cabrera to play SS, so that’s a HUGE upgrade from Uribe. They should have traded a few guys for some prospects, and comeback strong in a few seasons. Some of their players are getting a little order in age.

    Dotel was only good when he was closing for the Astros for that season or two. Since then he’s been hurt most of the seasons.

  • 3. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  January 18, 2008 at 10:44 am

    I agree Charlie. I think the White Sox need to actually trade Konerko. He may be the best bat on the team other than maybe Swisher but he will possibly bring a young starter and maybe Casey Kotchman from the Angels. Kenny Williams is a bad GM with the moves he’s made. I used to think he knew what he was doing, now I think he makes deals for job security.

  • 4. alex brown  |  January 18, 2008 at 11:15 am

    this team won 78 games, we had 3 issuses 1 fix the bullpen , 2nd a starter cause jose contreras is going down hill, 3rd the offense which we just got blegh…so what do we trade our better starter for a 31 yr old guy cuase he can be a good number 2(not a big prob in the lineup hello guys need to hit first ie the middle of the lineup) the bullpen we overpaid for 2 guys who were bad in the nl let alone the al cen, i mean its like cutting your nose to spite your face, we got older, higher payroll, no minors, and a glut of positions, why trade our top 1st base prospect for an outfielder when we have young guys, then trade for a cf/1st, while we still have outfielders and pauly at 1st, why keep guys that other teams wanted like the cubs wanting pods then turn around and just cut him wouldnt it been better to make the deal for jaque jones instead of trading 5 players to get 2 outfielders, or how we kept jose when the mets offered us players but trade away garland to a contender wow thats smart! so on and so on! morons!

  • 5. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  January 18, 2008 at 11:23 am

    Alex – You feel the same way I do about the way the White Sox are run then! It is one of the most poorly run teams. Don’t even get me started on the extension that Ozzie Guillen got! Thanks for your comment!

  • 6. Aaron Boynton  |  January 18, 2008 at 11:27 am


    Oh, sorry. I just have this reflex reaction whenever I see bad deals made by Ken Williams.

  • 7. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  January 18, 2008 at 11:39 am

    You must laugh a lot then!

  • 8. Z  |  January 18, 2008 at 11:46 am

    All I have to say is….AAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHA. As a Tribe fan, I love seeing these bad deals made by teams in the central. I’m also liking the Robertson deal the Tigers made. I guess they like having a sub-par pitching staff.

  • 9. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  January 18, 2008 at 11:48 am

    The Indians haven’t made any significant moves but the lack of moves doesn’t seem like a bad thing when you look at these deals. But when you look at the Tigers getting Miguel Cabrera, Edgar Renteria, Jacqu Jones…

  • 10. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  January 18, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    From Rotoworld.com
    Agent Dan Horwits said Octavio Dotel has not agreed to terms with White Sox.

    A report out of the Dominican Republic indicated that the two sides had reached terms on a two-year, $11 million deal. “Are they one of the teams we are talking to? Yes,” Horwits said. “All the rest of the stuff is inaccurate.” Horwits said the White Sox are one of six teams in the mix for Dotel. The Orioles are likely another.

  • 11. Z  |  January 18, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    Cleveland made two very significant moves. They traded for a guy with a girl’s first name, and a guy who will be the butt of a bunch of hot-dog eating jokes. Gotta love having a rich farm system that just sits around and isn’t utilized in big trades.

  • 12. alex brown  |  January 18, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    i mean omg i havent liked any trade since teh freddy garcia deal, i didnt like the trading of lee unless we got pods(cause atleast it was something we needed) but its like every deal. we could have done cheaper like idk trade a 14 mil a yr player whose always hurt like tome for anything then use those things to get a pitcher. i mean to al teams our bad junk isnt worth alot but to a nl team vs nl pitching its worth it! imean its bad enough you hav a team make stupid trades like the garland deal (i have family in cali everyone there is laughing at us) but its the chest thumping that kenny has been doing since he became gm. you go all the way back to the 05 season trading rowand for a guy who only played what 40 games and was hurt each of the previous 3 yrs. trading 3 guys including cubs killer cf chris young for vasquez when that yr we could have signed idk kenny rogers(lets see 18 game winner for tigers to a team as the 5th starter of a 90 win team hmmmm) on and on. then kenny as i saw on comcast few weeks ago talked how fans dont understand and how they get their info on our prospects. every guy we have traded away is a starter ..chris young cf padres, chris young num 2 pitcher for the padres, reed johnson lead off hitter for the bluejays, blegh blegh blegh look up all this stuff guys are starting all over the league that could be on our team ! dont get me starter on alex cintron we trade for him and instead of trading him we just cut him… atleast build up stuff to use!!!!!!!

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  • 14. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  January 18, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    Hope you got it all off your chest because I’m sure there are more brain scratchers up Kenny Williams’ sleeves.

  • 15. bob  |  January 22, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    Good move for the Sox, they need bullpen help, their bullpen blew a ton of games, they still need to trade Crede.

  • 16. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  January 22, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    They do need bullpen help but this is a bad deal. $5.5M per year for a releiver who won’t close and can’t stay healthy. Every team needs bullpen help but this deal makes no sense unless Dotel performs a miracle.


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