CLEARWATER A familiar figure sits at the far corner of the Philadelphia Phillies clubhouse, at the opposite end from such marquee starters as Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee and the at opposite end of the world he once dominated as a big-time starter himself.
These days, Dontrelle Willis is just hoping to prove hes worthy of a spot in the Philly bullpen as a spot reliever a far cry from his days as a flashy young Marlins lefthander who won the 2003 Rookie of the Year Award and racked up 22 wins with a 2.63 ERA two years later.
Im happy to be here theyve welcomed me with open arms, said the 30-year-old with the perpetually upbeat, energetic personality. Its such a great organization with great history. And Ive been working hard just to fit into the system.
His journey through baseball since leaving Florida as part of a blockbuster trade that sent him and slugger Miguel Cabrera to the Detroit Tigers has been a rocky one.
There were his two difficult seasons with Detroi...