The Pirates today signed free agent Octavio Dotel to a one-year contract with a club option for 2011. Financial terms were not immediately available.
To clear a spot on the 40-man roster, right-hander Anthony Claggett was designated for assignment.
Dotel, 36, will fill the closer vacancy and anchor a bullpen which is being rebuilt almost entirely through trades and free-agent signings.
In 11 seasons, Dotel has 83 saves and a 3.73 ERA. The right-hander has a career 2.71 strikeout/walk ratio.
However, he has not been a full-time closer since 2007, when he got 11 saves in 24 early season outings for the Kansas City Royals. His best year was 2004, when Dotel amassed a total of 36 saves for the Houston Astros and Oakland A’s.
Other righties in the bullpen mix are Joel Hanrahan (acquired last year in the Nyjer Morgan trade), Evan Meek (a Rule 5 pickup) and Brandan Donnelly (a free agent signee). Javier Lopez (free agent) will be the top lefty in the ‘pen.
Although Dotel was rated a Type A free agent, the White Sox will not receive a compensatory draft pick because they declined to offer him arbitration.