Since Chad Durbin spurned the Pirates for the Phillies, the Pirates have picked up their pursuit for pitcher Octavio Dotel. A source close to the Pirates told me that the Pirates would like to fortify their bullpen sooner rather than later and that they have their eyes on Shawn Chacon and Octavio Dotel. However, another source told me that they have already engaged in talks with Octavio Dotel this week and hope to sign him before baseball offices close for the week between Christmas and New Years. Whatever Dotel gets, whether it is from the Pirates or someone else, should be about four million dollars annually. The Tigers are also believed to be interested after they missed out on LaTroy Hawkins.