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It looks like Dontrelle Willis may not be retired after all. The Chicago Cubs have signed the left-handed pitcher to a minor league contract. Willis has not pitched in the Majors since 2011, and he recently announced his retirement. However, it looks like that retirement was short-lived.
According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Cubs signed Willis to a minor league deal but could get an eventual invite to the big league camp.
#cubs sign dontrelle willis to minor-league deal
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) January 5, 2013
officially, d-train has an invite to #cubs minor-league camp. but if he is throwing well, he may get chances in big camp
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) January 5, 2013
Willis has struggled since his 2006. He hasn't had an ERA under 4.98 in a season since that 2006 season. In that year, Willis went 12-12 with a 3.87 ERA. Willis won the Rookie of the Year in 2003 and he finished second in National League Cy Young voting in 2005.
He has never been the same pitcher since 2006. A combination of injuries and what seems to be a mental block have prevented Willis from getting back to the pitcher he once was.
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