According to sources, right-hander Octavio Dotel has turned down an offer from the Red Sox to accept a one-year deal worth a guaranteed $5 million from the Kansas City Royals.Yesterday, the Royals also shelled out $11 million per season for five years to Gil Meche. His ERA+ for the last four seasons: 97, 86, 85, 97 -- all below league average. The market's gone effing nuts this winter!
Dotel's deal also is believed to include as much as $2 million in incentives that could bring the deal to $7 million.
Red Sox officials made an offer to Dotel earlier today before leaving the winter meetings. The club had refrained from making an offer until seeing Dotel pitch in a winter league game in the Dominican Republic on Wednesday night, at which point Sox officials came away impressed.
Did Gagne's price just go up?