Found December 15, 2011 on The Outside Corner:
Today, the Phillies officially announced the signing of well-traveled and charismatic lefty, Dontrelle Willis, to a one-year, $1M deal with incentives. While Willis has seen very little success as a starting pitcher over the last few years, the Phillies were the team that did the right thing by convincing him to make the full-time move to the bullpen. This is a tremendous low-cost move by the Phillies, who could be rewarded with a shut-down LOOGY if Willis takes to his new role. I've been touting this move for two years now, both times via articles on Fire Brand of the American League (links here and here). Before free agency began this offseason, I ranked Willis as my number one available left-handed reliever for The Outside Corner's Free Agency Primer series. "Look, he’s not a starter anymore. The sooner teams realize this the better. Despite the fact that Willis has appeared in a relief role only once in his major league career (not counting postseason play), he ha...

Phillies sign Dontrelle Willis to 1-year deal

The Philadelphia Phillies have signed lefty Dontrelle Willis to a one-year contract, worth $850,000. The 30-year-old Willis was the 2003 NL Rookie of the Year with Florida and finished second in Cy Young Award voting in 2005. He was 1-6 with a 5.00 ERA for Cincinnati last year. The deal was announced Thursday, and includes $400,000 in performance bonuses, including $25,000 for...

Wednesday Morning Bench Coach

D-train Baby! During last season, I wrote this in the comment section about Dontrelle Willis:it's hard to believe that a pitcher that young and that good (and left handed) could fall so fast and stay down for so long. it is really quite a shame because he was a lot of fun to watch. and he could hit, too.he was one of my favorite players to watch for a year or two. i've been...

Phillies sign Willis to incentive-laden 1-year deal

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Dontrelle Willis has a new role on another new team.

Phillies sign lefty Willis, plan to use as reliever

The Philadelphia Phillies have signed lefty Dontrelle Willis to a one-year contract, worth $850,000.

Left-hander Willis signs with Phillies for one year

The Philadelphia Phillies have signed lefty Dontrelle Willis to a one-year contract, worth $850,000.

Phillies sign Dontrelle Willis

The Philadelphia Phillies signed pitcher Dontrelle Willis to a one-year contract Thursday.

Sports people: Dontrelle Willis, Mike Scioscia

Dontrelle Willis Jimmy Rollins and Willis both attended Encinal High in Alameda, are longtime friends and often trade barbs about who is better. But they've never been teammates, until now. Well, maybe. "He was probably...

Dontrelle Willis Wasted No Time Getting Into Phillies Gear, Also Weighs In On David Stern

Dontrelle Willis is not wasting any time. He has already changed his Twitter picture and is now sporting Phillies gear. We all know the lefty already loves Philly. The D-Train also weighed in on David Stern doing whatever he wants these days. David stern cold as ice lol basically saying" I'm do what I now what " #nba — Dontrelle Willis (@D_Train35) December 17, 2011

Manuel Can’t Make Same Mistakes with Dontrelle

From 2007-10, J.C. Romero was a stressful but successful reliever for the Phillies, posting a 2.60 ERA in 148 2/3 innings. For several years during that stretch Romero was, quantitatively, the best lefty specialist in baseball.For the Dontrelle Willis experiment to work, he must not face righties.During the four-year span lefties hit just .183 with a .294 on-base percentage and...

Saturday Morning Reading Material

Happy Saturday everyone! I hope everyone has wrapped up (pun intended) their Christmas shopping for the season, and for those unfortunate souls that haven't yet, I'll say a prayer for you. However, here's one gift you won't have to wait until December 25th to enjoy. For your viewing pleasure, I give you the gift of several Reds-related links. Enjoy. *...
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