The 12 Franchise Club

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Octavio Dotel

Octavio Dotel is the current unofficial record holder of most franchises played for (he’d be tied with Stairs if you count Montreal and Washington as two different teams). Originally a starter in the farm system, Dotel excelled as a member of the bullpen. Dotel had the kind of stuff to latch onto to bullpen jobs, especially late in his career.

New York Mets (1999):

Signed as an amateur free agent out of the Dominican Republic, Dotel spent the first few seasons bouncing around minor-league ball as a starter. He would make his major-league debut on June 26, 1999, in a 7-2 loss to Atlanta. Dotel would bounce back as a starter going 7-2 before shifting to the bullpen in September. His high ERA made him a great candidate for middle relief. He would get two appearances in the 1999 playoffs, including the win in Game 5 of the NLCS.

Houston Astros (2000-2004):

Part of a four player trade, he was off to Houston. The Astros saw a lot in Dotel seeing as how they traded Derek Bell and Mike Hampton for the young hurler. They tried using Dotel from the rotation and he suffered. In 16 starts he had a 5.84 ERA but still had 93 strikeouts in those 91 innings as a starter. Moving to the bullpen, he excelled, especially after Billy Wagner went down with an injury in 2000. Dotel racked up 16 saves in place of Wagner and ended up compiling 42 over his tenure in Houston. Dotel was even part of a combined no-hitter against the Yankees.

Oakland Athletics (2004-2005):

In June of 2004, Dotel was part of a three-team, five-player trade and was shipped out to Oakland. He became the Athletics’ closer, nailing down 22 consecutive saves to close out the season, earning 36 saves for the whole year. Dotel was looking to secure that role in Oakland until an elbow injury in May sidelined him for the 2005 season. It resulted in Tommy John surgery, leaving him a free agent in the offseason.

New York Yankees (2006):

The Yankees picked up the wounded closer. He made 13 rehab appearances in the farm system. Once he got called up to a loaded New York pitching staff, Dotel was used as a setup man in low-leverage situations.

Kansas City Royals (2007):

Picked up as a free agent, Dotel started the year on the disabled list. By the time he returned, he did well as the Royals’ closer, going 11 of 14 in save situations.

Atlanta Braves (2007):

Kansas City traded Dotel at the deadline to Atlanta. Used as added relief for a playoff push (Atlanta would finish third in the NL East), Dotel had a shoulder injury shelf him for much of his time. He struck out 11 batters in 7.1 innings of work.

Chicago White Sox (2008-2009):

As a free agent, the White Sox looked to Dotel as a key setup man for Bobby Jenks. Dotel did not disappoint in 129.1 innings. He notched 37 holds, with 167 strike outs.

Pittsburgh Pirates (2010):

He was signed as a free agent by the Pirates, though his run in the iron city did not last long. In 41 appearances, he was 21 of 26 in save opportunities, with 48 strike outs. He was then traded to Los Angeles in June. Dotel had a Michael Bay inspired entrance video played on the scoreboard.

Los Angeles Dodgers (2010):

In a 19 game span in Los Angeles, Dotel got a save and three holds. He pitched well, but once again was traded — this time to Colorado.

Colorado Rockies (2010):

Dotel made only eight appearances, most in low-leverage situations. In 5.1 innings pitched, he struck out six but gave up six hits and three earned runs.

Toronto Blue Jays (2011):

The Blue Jays signed Dotel in the offseason. Keeping with his role as set up man and middle relief, Dotel did great holding hitters to a .187 batting average and striking out 30 in 29.1 innings. Being a valued asset to a bullpen, he was traded to St. Louis near the deadline.

St. Louis Cardinals (2011):

Part of the late-September push, Dotel thrived in the Cardinals bullpen. Utilized for many one at bat situations in September, Dotel was a reason the Cardinals made the postseason and won the World Series. He shut down right-handed hitters. In 10.1 innings pitched in the postseason, he struck out 14 hitters while only surrendering four runs. Two of those came in the World Series Game 5 loss to Texas.

Detroit Tigers (2012-2013):

Dotel finished his career with the bullpen-starved Tigers. He picked up 11 holds in 2012 and played a role of being a decent set up man in the postseason.

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