"We are pleased to add an established reliever like Octavio Dotel," Tigers president, chief executive officer and general manager David Dombrowski said. "He has been successful in various roles throughout his major league career and his addition to our club solidifies our bullpen for the 2012 season."
Dotel split last season between the Toronto Blue Jays and St. Louis Cardinals, going a combined 5-4 with a 3.50 earned run average. He also struck out 62 batters in 54 innings and was a big part of the Cards' improbable run to a World Series title.
The 38-year-old Dotel allowed just three earned runs and struck out 14 batters in 10 1/3 innings this postseason.
Dotel has compiled a 54-47 career mark with a 3.74 ERA and 108 saves over 695 games -- 34 as a starter -- in 13 big league seasons with the Mets, Astros, Athletics, Yankees, Royals, Braves, White Sox, Pirates, Rockies, and Dodgers in addition to the two teams he played for in 2010.