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Report: Octavio Dotel narrows it down to Tigers, NL team

For our excitement today, we have this bit of information from Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal:

Source: #Tigers front-runner for Dotel. NL club also involved. #MLB

Dotel had a 3.50 ERA (3.34 xFIP) in 2011, pitching 54 innings.

The 38-year-old right-hander has a 3.74 ERA for his career with a 3.69 xFIP. He also moves around more than Edwin Jackson, as he's been with six teams in the past three seasons.

Bill James Online (via Fangraphs) projects a 3.50 ERA in 2012 with 10.95 strikeouts per nine innings.

Dotel would shore up the middle relief for the Tigers, so there is that. But I'm not a big fan of overpaying for middle relievers, either. So we'll have to see how this goes.