The New York Yankees announced today that they have signed free agent right-handed pitcher Octavio Dotel to a one-year Major League contract.
The 32-year old Dotel was 1-2 with a 3.52 earned run average in 15 games for the Oakland A's in 2005 before being placed on the disabled list on May 19 and missing the remainder of the season after undergoing "Tommy John" surgery on his right elbow. In his 15 appearances, he limited opposing batters to a .185 batting average and held right-handed hitters to just three hits in 28 at-bats (.107). Dotel has held opponents to a .213 batting average in his career, including .201 (238-for-1185) against right-handed hitters.
Dotel has 481 strikeouts in 389.2 innings pitched as reliever since the 2001 season, the most in the Major Leagues during that span (Billy Wagner is second with 418). Across 381 career appearances (600.1 IP), he has recorded 725 strikeouts for an average of 10.87 strikeouts per nine innings.
Originally signed by the New York Mets as a non-drafted free agent in 1993, Dotel has played parts of seven seasons with the Mets (1999), Houston Astros (2000-04) and the A's (2004-05).