The long and eventful career of Octavio Dotel has come to an end. According to a major league source close to Dotel, the 40-year old right-hander has decided to officially retire after last appearing in the majors with the Tigers in 2013.
Dotel, who holds the major league record after appearing with thirteen different teams throughout his career, retires with a lifetime 59-50 record and 3.78 ERA in 758 appearances (34 starts) since breaking into the majors in 1999. He made six appearances with the Tigers in 2013 before ending his season due to a right elbow injury, and unsuccessfully tried to rehab in the Dominican Republic in hopes that a team would pick him up at some point during the 2014 season.
In fifteen major league seasons, Dotel appeared with the Mets (1999), Astros (2000-2004), Athletics (2004-2005), Yankees (2006), Royals (2007), Braves (2007), White Sox (2008-2009), Pirates (2010), Dodgers (2010), Rockies (2010), Blue Jays (2011), Cardinals (2011) and Tigers (2012-2013). He has a World Series ring for his time with the Cardinals in 2011, when he pitched to a 3.28 ERA in 29 appearances for St. Louis.