The Blue Jays cannot expect free-agent right-hander Octavio Dotel to be a lockdown closer, their version of Mariano Rivera.
However, Dotel’s new one-year, $3.5 million contract includes some favorable aspects that are typical of the Jays’ recent free-agent signings.
One, the deal contains a $3.75 million club option for 2012, enabling the Jays to keep Dotel if he enjoys a big season.
Two, it gives the Jays the potential to gain a draft pick if Dotel is a Type B free agent after next season — a reasonable expectation.
Dotel, 37, is not guaranteed to be the Jays’ closer, but he will enter spring training the front-runner for the position, sources said.
— Ken Rosenthal