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Octavio Dotel Signs With Detroit Tigers, St. Louis Cardinals Will Have To Look Elsewhere Now

Relief pitcher Octavio Dotel has signed a one-year deal with an option for an additional year with the Detroit Tigers. Earlier in the week, the 38-year old Dotel was deciding between rejoining the St. Louis Cardinals or moving back the American League with the Tigers, but now the Cardinals will have to look elsewhere for bullpen help in 2012. 

Dotel served as a key relief pitcher down the stretch of the 2011 season and in the postseason he played a key role in helping the team earn their 2011 World Series Championship. He pitched 10 1/3 innings in the postseason for St. Louis and earned a win on the mound in both the Division Series and the National League Championship Series.

This will be Dotel's 14th different MLB team in his 13-year career. In splitting time with the Cardinals and Blue Jays last season he was 5-4 with a 3.50 ERA in 54 innings pitched.     

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