Value of Damon, Sheets tied to their destinations 

January, 22, 2010
Kudos to Octavio Dotel! The 36-year-old relief pitcher took his dormant fantasy baseball value and became quite relevant Thursday, signing a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Was this a big-money deal? Not really. Does he have a chance for the playoffs? Um, no. But Dotel wanted the opportunity to be a closer, and in Pittsburgh, he'll get it. I respect that. Look at the bullpens of the other 29 major league baseball teams, and you can see how he wouldn't get that chance. Of course, our fine game, fantasy baseball, had no bearing on Dotel's choice -- let's not be naive -- but now the guy certainly matters again. In terms of fantasy baseball, he really didn't matter with the Chicago White Sox.

Octavio Dotel
Leon Halip/US PresswireOctavio Dotel agreed to a one-year deal with the Pirates.
Whether Dotel, at this stage of his career, can be an effective closer is another matter, I suppose, but that's a blog for a different day. For now, he wouldn't make my top-25 closers, but since Matt Capps was No. 25, let's just say there's not a big difference there. Here is the updated closer chart for the latest situation on each team.

Anyway, Dotel's signing got me thinking about how much a free-agent destination can affect fantasy baseball. His was the perfect example; it just happened to be the right choice for fantasy baseball owners. Let's take a look at three current free agents and how their choices could affect their fantasy baseball value.