Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal tweeted the news of the deal that sent Octavio Dotel to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for James MacDonald and minor leaguer Andrew Lambo. The Dodgers also picked up $500,000 to cover part of the money still owed to their new setup man.
Dotel spent saved 21 games during his first season in Pittsburgh, appearing in 41 contests with an ERA of 4.28. His peripheral numbers were consistent with his career averages, making him an excellent addition to the Dodger pen. But even with the included cash, he did not come cheaply.
MacDonald was rated Los Angeles number two prospect by Baseball America prior to the 2009 season. He appeared in 63 big league innings in 2009, but his inconsistent control sent him back to Triple A to work on his issues for the 2010. He was called up to the big leagues less than two weeks ago, and had been hit hard in his only start and two of his three relief outings.
Lambo was the only prospect more highly regarded by Baseball America prior to the 2009 season. But a lackluster season as a 20 year old with the Dodgers Double AA club and a 50 game suspension for a second positive test for marijuana has dulled his standing with the club. Lambo's bat helped him leap from Rookie ball to Double A in one season. Pittsburgh picked up two quality players.
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