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Dodgers make another move, acquire Octavio Dotel

July 31, 2010 |  1:25 pm

Octavio Shortly before the 1 p.m. trade deadline, the Dodgers made their second move of the day, acquiring reliever Octavio Dotel from the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Dotel, 36, saved 21 games for the Pirates, posting a 4.28 earned-run average in 41 appearances.

To acquire Dotel, the Dodgers gave up right-hander James McDonald and minor-league outfielder Andrew Lambo. Once considered the Dodgers' top hitting prospect, Lambo was suspended for 50 games this year for testing positive for a drug of abuse for the second time.

The Dodgers received $500,000 from the Pirates to cover about half of Dotel's remaining salary.

Dotel could turn out to be a rental. He is on a one-year contract that will pay him $3.25 million this year. Because Dotel was traded, the $4.5-million club option for 2011 in his contract became a mutual option.

-- Dylan Hernandez

Photo: Octavio Dotel. Credit: Duane Burleson / Associated Press