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Position: P      Born: Nov 25, 1973      Bats: Right      Throws: Right

A hard-throwing righthander, the Dominican came to the Astros as part of the trade with the Mets that sent Derek Bell and Mike Hampton to New York. Dotel was tried as both a starter and reliever, compiling a 22-24 record with 42 saves and a 3.25 ERA in 4-1/2 seasons with Houston.

Once he joined the bullpen, he became part of an effective bullpen trio with Brad Lidge and Billy Wagner. In 2001, he fanned a club record 12.43 batters per nine innings. His biggest night might have been when he took part in a six-pitcher no-hitter against the Yankees on June 11, 2003. In that game, he matched a big league record with four strikeouts in one inning after a passed ball allowed one of the strikeout victims to reach base.

Dotel was the main bait when the Astros dealt for outfielder Carlos Beltran from Kansas City on June 24, 2004. It was a three-way deal that sent Dotel to Oakland. Since then, Dotel has battled arm injuries while pitching for the Yankees, Royals, Braves and White Sox.