The Dodgers today have traded reliever Octavio Dotel to the Rockies for a player to be named later. In 19 games with the Dodgers, Dotel had a 3.38 ERA in 18 2/3 innings, with 11 walks, 21 strikeouts, and three home runs allowed. He converted one of his two save opportunities with the Dodgers.
So, the Dodgers traded James McDonald (3.49 ERA in eight starts in Pittsburgh with 44 strikeouts in 49 innings) and outfielder Andrew Lambo for 18 2/3 innings of Dotel, plus whatever player is eventually named.
The player to be named can't play in the same league after the trade, so it is likely a Rockies' minor leaguer. That the player wasn't named also likely means he is on the 40-man roster, and he will be traded after the season when he doesn't have to clear waivers. Or, perhaps the Dodgers have a list of minor leaguers from which to choose by a certain date.
With 16 days left in the season, there is $284,153 of Dotel's $3.25 million salary remaining. Per Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the Dodgers and Rockies will split the cost of that remaining salary plus the $250,000 buyout of his 2011 option, if not exercised.
Because he was not in Colorado's organization on August 31, he is ineligible for postseason play.