Octavio Dotel signs with the Detroit Tigers, sets record

Octavio Dotel agrees with the Detroit Tigers, sets record for most teams played on

12/9/11 in MLB   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

This afternoon free agent relief pitcher Octavio Dotel agreed to a one-year contract with the Detroit Tigers. That news, in and of itself is not all that exciting. Dotel is a journeyman reliever who actually pitched pretty well for the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinal last season after being acquired from Toronto.

What is noteworthy is that as soon as Dotel throws his first pitch in a Tigers' uniform he will have played for his 13th major league team--a new record. Until agreeing with Detroit, Dotel was tied with Mike Morgan, Ron Villone and Matt Stairs with 12 teams played for. What is interesting is that Dotel has played for 10 of those 13 teams in the past six years.

The 38-year-old Dotel has carved out a nice career for himself with a 54-47 record, a 3.74 ERA and 108 saves. Turns out, he has also been a spare part in a lot of big trades. 

Here is a breakdown of all of Dotel's trips around the big leagues.
1999: Entered the big leagues as a New York Met (team 1)
Dec. 23, 1999: Traded with Roger Cedeno and Kyle Kessel to the Houston Astros (team 2) for Mike Hampton and Derek Bell
June 24. 2004: Traded in a three-team deal to the Oakland Athletics (team 3). In the deal Oakland sent Mike Wood and Mark Teahan to the Kansas City Royals, the Royals sent Carlos Beltran to the Astros, and the Astros sent John Buck and cash to the Royals. 
Jan. 4, 2006: Signed as a free agent with the New York Yankees (team 4).
Dec. 8, 2006: Signed as a free agent by the Kansas City Royals (team 5).
July 31, 2007: Traded by Kansas City to the Atlanta Braves (team 6) for Kyle Davies.
Jan. 22, 2008: Signed as a free agent by the Chicago White Sox (team 7).
Jan. 20, 2010: Signed as a free agent by the Pittsburgh Pirates (team 8).
July 31, 2010: Traded by the Pirates with cash to the Los Angeles Dodgers (team 9) for Andrew Lambo and James McDonald. 
Sept. 18, 2010: Traded by the Dodgers to the Colorado Rockies (team 10) for a player to be named later (Anthony Jackson).
Jan. 4, 2011: Signed as a free agent by the Toronto Blue Jays (team 11).
July 27, 2011: Traded by the Blue Jays along with Edwin Jackson Marc Rzepczynski and Corey Patterson to the St. Louis Cardinal (team 12) for Colby Rasmus, Trever Miller, P.J. Walters and Brian Tallet. 
Dec. 9, 2011: Agreed to terms with the Detroit Tigers (team 13). 

Got all that? Good. 

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