Octavio Dotel, Kerry Wood traded
July, 31, 2010
By Eric Karabell | ESPN.com
Entering Saturday, Octavio Dotel and Kerry Wood were known as closers and had earned a combined 166 career saves. By the time the major league trade deadline had passed, each had been traded to contending teams with two of the top closers in the game. Say goodbye to save opportunities and pretty much all fantasy value with it.
Dotel had been the Pittsburgh Pirates closer, accumulating 21 saves with, as he's wont to do, rather high peripheral rates. Dotel doesn't help fantasy teams in ERA and WHIP (4.28 ERA, 1.30 WHIP this season) and hasn't in years. Now he becomes the main right-handed setup man for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Jonathan Broxton. Those in leagues with holds should take a look, as he'll work in concert with lefty Hong-Chih Kuo to hold leads for Broxton, but forget about saves. Dotel is owned in 95.9 percent of leagues, but those people should move on -- I'd say to former Pirates teammate Joel Hanrahan.