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Monday, January 21, 2008

Some Transactions Notes

The White Sox will announce Tuesday or Wednesday that they are making a move to help out one of the major leagues' worst bullpens, signing Octavio Dotel to a two year contract. While Dotel has a pretty impressive injury history he is a solid reliever when healthy and struck out 41 batters in 30 2/3 innings in 2007. He's at least an improvement over pretty much anyone the Sox trotted out from the bullpen last year.

Mike Cameron, suspended for the first 25 games of the 2008 season after testing positive for a banned stimulant, will join the Milwaukee Brewers at the completion of his suspension. Bob and I had a brief e-mail exchange on this signing; the short summary is that I like it. Cameron is still a good ballplayer, the price (one year, $5 mil) is right, and the Brewer defense gets shuffled and (theoretically) improved.

Having already scored a major coup with the signing of Cesar Izturiz, the Cardinals were proud to announce that they will be subjecting their fans to four more years of this. Because catchers who slug .350 are very hard to come by.

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