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It's no secret that the Orioles need as much pitching as they can get; therefore, they signed left-hander Dontrelle Willis today.
From the Orioles.com: SARASOTA, Fla. -- In the Orioles' continuing efforts to stockpile pitching, the club signed lefty Dontrelle Willis, who will be utilized as a reliever, to a Minor League deal on Tuesday night.
Willis, who signed a non-guaranteed one-year deal with the Phillies this winter, was released on Friday after making just three Grapefruit League appearances. He allowed five runs in 2 2/3 innings this spring and dealt with some arm soreness before Philadelphia pulled the plug and granted him free agency.
The National League Rookie of the Year in 2003, Willis has won four games since '08, but at 30 years old, he's still young enough for clubs to take a gamble. He was 1-6 with a 5.00 ERA for the Reds last year, but he held left-handed hitters to a .127 average, prompting the Phillies to sign him as a potential reliever.
I loved Willis when he came up with the Marlins. The southpaw seemed like a fun guy, and boy he could pitch with that windup of his. However, he lost his way in his late 20's and has been bouncing around trying to recapture lost glory. It was startling to see him go into such a decline and just lose his effectiveness on the mound.
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Dontrelle Willis and the Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a minor league contract.
The 30-year-old lefty, who won 22 games in 2005, was released by the Philadelphia Phillies on March 16.
A two-time All-Star with the Florida Marlins, Willis has pitched for four teams in nine seasons - all primarily as a starter. The Phillies signed him to a non-guaranteed contract in December.
Willis spent all of 2011 in the Reds organization
Although Willis' stint with the Phillies didn't last too long, it appears as though the left-hander has already caught on with another team. Here's the release from the Associated Press:
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Dontrelle Willis and the Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a minor league contract.
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