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White Sox agree to terms with pitcher Octavio Dotel; Designate David Aardsma for assignment
01/22/2008 11:33 AM ET
CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox have agreed with veteran free-agent pitcher Octavio Dotel on a two-year, $11-million contract and have designated pitcher David Aardsma for assignment. Under terms of the deal, Dotel will receive $5.0 million in 2008 and $6.0 million in 2009.

Dotel, 34, combined to go 2-1 with a 4.11 ERA (14 ER/30.2 IP), 15 saves and 41 strikeouts in 33 relief appearances between Kansas City and Atlanta in 2007. The 6-foot-0, 210-pound right-hander was 2-1 with a 3.91 ERA (10 ER/23.0 IP) in 24 games with the Royals and 0-0 with a 4.70 ERA (4 ER/7.2 IP) in nine games with the Braves after being acquired on July 31.

Over nine major-league seasons with the Mets (1999), Houston (2000-04), Oakland (2004-05), the Yankees (2006), Kansas City (2007) and Atlanta, Dotel has gone 39-32 with a 3.76 ERA (268 ER/641.0 IP) and 82 saves in 428 appearances (34 starts). He has averaged 10.9 strikeouts per 9.0 IP (773 SO) and limited opponents to a .218 (511-2,348) average during that span.

Since 1957, Dotel is fifth among major-league relief pitchers with an average of 11.7 strikeouts per 9.0 IP (585 SO/450.0 IP). Only Brad Lidge (12.6), Rob Dibble (12.17), Francisco Rodriguez (11.97) and Billy Wagner (11.84) rank higher.

Dotel, who missed parts of the 2005-06 seasons following right elbow surgery, still is third among all relievers in baseball with 578 strikeouts since 2001, trailing only Wagner (620) and Kyle Farnsworth (584). In 2000 with Houston, Dotel became the first pitcher in National League history to record at least 15 starts and 15 saves in the same season and led all relief pitchers in strikeouts in 2001 (128) and 2002 (118).

Aardsma, 26, split the 2007 season between the White Sox and Class AAA Charlotte. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound right-hander was 2-1 with a 6.40 ERA (23 ER/32.1 IP) and 36 strikeouts in 25 relief appearances with the Sox.

The White Sox 40-man roster now stands at 40.

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