Braves Don't Stop, Grab Dotel




The Deal
The Braves continue to be aggressive at the trade deadline. One day after winning the Mark Teixeira sweepstakes, Atlanta improved its bullpen by getting Octavio Dotel from the Royals in exchange for Kyle Davies.
The Big Leaguers
Dotel, a 33-year-old righthander, has bounced back from Tommy John surgery in 2005 to reclaim his power fastball-slider repertoire. He has gone 2-1, 3.91 with 11 saves in 24 appearances this year, posting a 29-11 K-BB ratio in 23 innings. Opponents are hitting .264 with three homers against him. He's making $5 million this season and can become a free agent if he turns down a player option for 2008 that will be worth $5.5 million plus any performance bonuses he earns this year. Dotel has a career 39-32, 3.75 record with 82 saves in 419 games.

Davies, a 23-year-old righty, has a solid fastball-curveball-changeup repertoire but he hasn't been able to turn that into big league success because he has battled his control and command too much. He went 4-8, 5.76 in 17 big league starts this year before earning a recent demotion to Triple-A Richmond. Davies, who won't be arbitration-eligible until after 2008, has a career mark of 14-21, 6.15 in the majors.

Quick Take
Dotel hasn't dominated hitters like he has at time in the past, but he has better stuff than Bob Wickman and could supplant him as Atlanta's closer. The Royals continue to grab young pitching when they can, and GM Dayton Moore is familiar with Davies after previously working with the Braves.

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