Dontrelle Willis to be Vladimir Guerrero's teammate

Dontrelle Willis
Willis, signing autographs at one point during his brief stint in Cubs camp. (USATSI)

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Thursday night, my boy Dayn Perry passed along the news that Vladimir Guerrero will play this season for the Long Island Ducks, an independant league team -- the same league as the Sugar Land Skeeters, for which Roger Clemens pitched last season. Friday, we learn Dontrelle Willis has also signed on to play for the Ducks, confirms Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.

Willis is in a much different situation than Guerrero. The D-Train is only 31 and should still be in his prime. Unfortunately, he hasn't been a worthwhile pitcher since all the way back in 2006, one year after he finished second in NL Cy Young voting.

In his big-league career, Willis went 72-69 with a 4.17 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 896 strikeouts in 1,221 2/3 innings. From 2007-11 (he didn't pitch in the majors last season), however, Willis was 14-30 with a 5.65 ERA and 1.70 WHIP.

News of Willis signing with the Ducks was first reported by ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick.

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Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered the last six World Series beginning with the epic 2011 Fall Classic. The former Indiana University... Full Bio

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