Rockies acquire Octavio Dotel from the Dodgers

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UPDATE: According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the teams will split the difference on Dotel’s remaining salary and the buyout of his option for next season, so the Rockies will responsible for approximately $250,000.

3:33 PM: Here’s an odd one.

According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, the Rockies have acquired Octavio Dotel from the Dodgers in exchange for a player to be named later.

Dotel posted a 3.38 ERA in 19 appearances with the Dodgers after coming over from the Pirates in exchange for James McDonald and Andrew Lambo on July 31. The 36-year-old right-hander has a 3.99 ERA and 69/28 K/BB ratio in 60 relief appearances overall this season.

The Dodgers probably won’t get anyone as promising as McDonald or Lambo in return, but it’s better than nothing, I suppose. The fact that the Rockies will pay the remaining part of his salary probably doesn’t hurt, either. As for Dotel, because he was acquired after August 31, he would not be eligible to play for the Rockies if they reach the postseason. He’s just an extra arm for the stretch run.

President Obama Welcomes the Cubs to the White House

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As we noted last week, The Chicago Cubs took the unusual step of not waiting until the summer after winning the World Series to make their customary White House visit to meet the president. They did it today, seeing President Obama a few short days before he leaves office.

Despite the fact that Obama is a White Sox fan, he met the Cubs with diplomacy and grace. It’s almost as if he’s been in that business for the past eight years. In return, he was given some gifts by the Cubs: Theo Epstein presented Obama with a No. 44 Cubs jersey, a tile from the center field scoreboard at Wrigley Field, and a lifetime pass to Wrigley as well.

Obama is staying in D.C. after he leaves office this week, hanging around so his daughter can finish high school in the same place she started. Even so, he’s likely going to be back to Chicago a good bit over the rest of his life, so he’ll likely be able to put the free pass to work. Assuming it comes with, like, six companion passes for his Secret Service detail.

Royals sign Danny Duffy to a five-year, $65 million contract extension

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 02:  Starting pitcher Danny Duffy #41 of the Kansas City Royals pitches during the game against the Detroit Tigers at Kauffman Stadium on September 2, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The Kansas City Royals have signed starter Danny Duffy to a five-year, $65 million contract extension.

Duffy was arbitration eligible this offseason and would’ve been a free agent next winter if he hadn’t signed the deal. Given his stuff he might’ve made a mint as a free agent, but he’s also been inconsistent at times and any pitcher is an injury away from losing a payday, making this a nice, lucrative bet for the lefty.

Duffy, 28, posted a 3.51 ERA and a 188/42 K/BB ratio across 179.2 innings in 2016.