The Phillies announced this afternoon they agreed to minor league contracts with right-handers Kevin Slowey and Sean O’Sullivan and first baseman Chris McGuiness. All three players received invites to major league spring training.
Slowey posted a 5.30 ERA and 24/9 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings over two starts and 15 relief appearances with the Marlins this past season before being released in June. The 30-year-old could compete for a long relief or swingman role in the spring.
O’Sullivan is back after spending the 2014 season with the Phillies. The 27-year-old made three appearances with the big club and posted a 4.30 ERA over 25 starts in Triple-A. He owns a 5.91 ERA over 39 starts and 14 relief appearances in the majors.
McGuiness appeared in 10 games with the Rangers in 2013, but he spent this past season with the Pirates’ Triple-A affiliate while batting .264/.358/.412 with nine home runs and 54 RBI over 126 games. He turns 27 in April.
Five years ago, Octavio Dotel retired following a 15-year career in which he pitched for a then-record 13 different teams. I’m not exactly sure what he’s been up to since then, but I know that today he got arrested, as did former Marlins, Twins and Mets second baseman Luis Castillo.
That’s the report from Héctor Gómez, and from the Dominican Today, each of whom report that the two ex-big leaguers were arrested today in connection with a longstanding money laundering and/or drug investigation focused on one César Peralta. also known as “César the Abuser.” So he sounds fun. Gómez characterizes it as a money laundering thing. Reporter Dionisio Soldevila characterizes it as “drug trafficking charges.” Such charges often go hand-in-hand, of course. I’m sure more details will be come out eventually. For now we have the report of their arrests. According to the Dominican Today, four cars belonging to Dotel were confiscated as well.
Dotel didn’t debut until he was 25, and for his first couple of years with the Mets and Astros he struggled to establish himself as a starter. He was switched full-time to the Houston bullpen at 27, however, and went on to make 724 relief appearances with a 3.32 ERA and a .207 opponents’ batting average while racking up 955 strikeouts in 760 innings. At the time of his retirement his career strikeout rate — 10.8 per nine innings — was the best in the history of baseball for right-handed pitchers with at least 900 innings, edging out Kerry Wood and Pedro Martinez.
Castillo also played 15 seasons, with a career line of .290/.368/.351. He was a three-time All Star and won three Gold Glove awards.