In 1993, upon graduation, Octavio Dotel was signed by the New York Mets as an amateur free agent. His first major league debut came on June 26, 1999 for the New York Mets and was voted Player of the Week on July 25, 1999. In December of 1999, he was traded with Roger Cedeno to the Houston Astros. He began the 2001 season as a starter, but moved to the bullpen as Billy Wagner started playing. With a great 2002 season, he led all relievers with 118 strikeouts. He then went to the Philadelphia Phillies then named a closer in 2004 with the Astros.
Before being traded to the Cardinals, Octavio agreed to a 1 year deal with the Toronto Blue Jays. He earned his 50th career victory on April 8, 2011 against the Los Angeles Angels. Octavio Dotel was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals in July and was a member of the 2011 World Series team where they beat the Texans. It was announced that the St. Louis Cardinals would not pick up his team option for the 2012 season, which made Octavio Dotel a free agent. In 2012, Octavio signed with the Detroit Tigers making the Tigers the thirteenth major league team he had signed with, passing the MLB record for most teams for which a player played with. Octavio announced his retirement from professional baseball at the age of 40 on October 13, 2014. His career strike out rate per nine innings is the best in the history of baseball for right-handed pitchers. Octavio is available for sports clinics, sporting events and speaking engagements.
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