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White Sox sign outfielder Jon Jay

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported last night that the White Sox have agreed to terms with Jon Jay, pending a physical. It’s a one-year, $4 million deal.

Jay, who will turn 34 in March, hit .268/.330/.347 with three homers for the Royals and Diamondbacks last season. That’s not great but then again neither are the White Sox’ current outfield options. A side note to this is that, apparently, Jay, along is tight with Manny Machado and trains with him in the offseason. As does fellow White Sox signee Yonder Alonso, who is actually Machado’s brother-in-law. Some have characterized the acquisition of those two as another step in the “recruitment” of Machado.

Which, sure, I imagine might be something that’d make Machado think kind thoughts about the White Sox, but it also seems like those kind thoughts would be limited. Machado is looking to sign a very long term deal. Jay and Alonso are gonna be in Chicago for a year or two, tops. I can’t imagine that is anything approaching as big a factor in where Machado signs as money, years and the prospect of winning are. But I also suppose it doesn’t hurt.

Either way, it’s a slow January and we gotta talk about somethin’. This is more interesting to talk about than a lot of other stuff.

Octavio Dotel, Luis Castillo arrested in drug, money laundering investigation

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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.