The Kansas City Royals augmented their fearsome bullpen after reaching a preliminary agreement with Octavio Dotel. The Yankees took a flyer on Dotel last year as he was recovering from Tommy John surgery. The results in New York were less than ideal as Dotel put up a 10.80 ERA in 10 innings. Dotel signed a one-year contract for $5 million plus incentives.
The Royals also signed John Bale (whose name is a complete sentence), who pitched the last three seasons in Japan for the Hiroshima Carp.