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Willis gets minor-league Reds deal

Posted on: November 22, 2010 5:49 pm
 
Dontrelle Willis
He's 28, healthy, and a few years ago won more games than any pitcher in baseball. But the best Dontrelle Willis can hope for these days is a minor-league contract.

The former phenom has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Reds, a source tells ESPN.com, putting him in his fourth organization since June. Willis just reached the end of the $29 million contract he signed with the Tigers in 2007 (after arriving from Florida in a blockbuster trade) , but made just 27 major-league appearances over the three-year life of that contract, stricken by control and anxiety issues.

Willis was traded from Detroit to Arizona in June, and the Diamondbacks released him a month later. He signed on as a minor-league free agent with the Giants in July, but they cut him loose November 6.

-- David Andriesen

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Comments

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2010 8:47 pm
 

Your AL Cy Young winner in 2013

Just like Hamilton, the Reds will rehab this guy, then trade him away too soon.  The ultimate irony is that the Hamilton-Volquez trade was supposedly made because the Reds GM was worried that Hamilton was too injury prone.  Did it ever occur to him to wonder why the Rangers were getting rid of Volquez???



Since: Nov 28, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2010 1:39 pm
 

Willis gets minor-league Reds deal

We havent seen Walt make a true bad move since coming to Cincy.
D-Train, EV and Chapman are all now in the same boat....
I like that boat



Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2010 12:14 pm
 

Willis gets minor-league Reds deal

Willis still has good stuff he just can't put it in the strike zone often enough. He was always a bit wild, but in his good years he was around 3 bb/9. Recently he has been more around 8 or 9.



Since: Jun 22, 2010
Posted on: November 23, 2010 10:14 am
 

Willis gets minor-league Reds deal

The Reds have a pitching coach (Price) who loves to work with troubled pitchers.  This is a win/win signing.  I will be watching his development closely.



Since: Jan 25, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2010 10:01 am
 

Willis gets minor-league Reds deal

That guy is saying some weird stuff.  I'm a Mets fan and i would never cheer for the Marlins.  I actually can not stand them so thanks for making a comment that 1. has no bearing on Dontrelle and 2. no backup proof.  Anyways, what happened to this guy? I guess everyone just figured him out or something along those lines.



Since: Jul 31, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2010 9:23 am
 

Willis gets minor-league Reds deal

WTF? Does anyone even understand the meaning of this post? LOL Talking about Cubs and Mets fans rooting for the Marlins? What the heck was your point?



Since: Jul 29, 2010
Posted on: November 22, 2010 11:47 pm
 

Willis gets minor-league Reds deal

Well, it's a lot cheaper and lower-risk than AJ Burnett



Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: November 22, 2010 11:07 pm
 

Willis gets minor-league Reds deal

The D-Train has definitely come to a stop, and that stop is losertown.....



Since: Dec 11, 2009
Posted on: November 22, 2010 10:48 pm
 

Willis gets minor-league Reds deal

Very safe sign.. if he pans out, great, if not.. cut him loose.  I agree- good sign by a team trying to manage budget.  Walt has the reds going in the right direction.  Lets hope he can muster a deal for a legit leadoff guy, or a very solid veteran shortstop to back up Janish...

Brian Price has done a great job with the Red's young pitching staff, and the minor league pitching instructors for the Reds are top notch- big reason for their recent success.  Hopefully he can develop, and who knows- be a heck of an option from the bullpen



Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: November 22, 2010 9:32 pm
 

Willis gets minor-league Reds deal

Willis has some issues that aren't necessarily connected to baseball, so if he gets his mind and body straight, he can still pitch in the bigs.
For now, the old saying about never having too much pitching ... 28 years old, lefty, big-league experience, knows the hitters ... can't go wrong in November with that deal.




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