Originally posted on NBC Philadelphia  |  Last updated 12/13/11
The Phillies have agreed to a one-year deal with left-handed pitcher (and childhood friend of Jimmy Rollins) Dontrelle Willis, according to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, who broke the news via Twitter Tuesday morning. It’s a classic low-risk/high-reward signing that figures to cost the team very little while potentially netting them a valuable member of the pitching staff. Although there is no word on what Willis’ role with the Phillies will be, but the soon-to-be-30-year-old figures to be a source of depth for the Phillies, who now have four pitchers (Vance Worley, Joe Blanton, Kyle Kendrick and Willis) competing for two spots in the starting rotation. But given the team’s depth in the rotation (assuming Blanton is healthy), it would be interesting to see if the Phillies would transition Willis to the bullpen to serve as an extra left-handed specialist. Over his career, Willis has fared much better against lefties, holding them to a .562 OPS with a SO/BB rate of 3.59, compared to righties, who
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