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Report: Philadelphia Phillies Sign Pitcher Dontrelle Willis to One-Year Deal

December 13th, 2011 at 1:46 PM
By Barshay Graves

According to multiple sources the Philadelphia Phillies have struck a one-year deal with pitcher Dontrelle Willis who was a member of the Cincinnati Reds last season.

The contract is worth less than $1 million, plus incentives for the 29 year-old veteran that went 1-6 last season with a 5.00 ERA in 13 starts. All this still pending a physical.

The former high school teammate of Jimmy Rollins at Encinal High School established a successful career early on, but has struggled to remain formidable in recent years. 

In his rookie season with the then Florida Marlins, he went on to win the National League Rookie of the Year award after going 14-6, with a 3.30 ERA in addition to being named an all-star and capturing a World Series championship.

His third season in 2005, was another good year for the "D-Train" as he posted a record 22-5, good for the most wins in the National League and a second appearance in the mid-summer classic

After his phenomenal 2005 season, Willis has played for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Detroit Tigers, Cincinnati Reds and San Francisco Giants but has yet to post more wins than losses in any season. This will likely place him in position to battle for a bullpen spot on the Phillies this upcoming season as a left hand specialist. 

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Baseball, Dontrelle Willis, Florida Marlins, Jimmy Rollins, Mid-summer Classic, MLB, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants

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