Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Former Red Dontrelle Willis signs with O's

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.

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, 1-6 with a 5.00 ERA in 13 starts with Cincinnati last season, will report to the Orioles on Wednesday. He has a career record of 72-69 with a 4.17 ERA, but is just 4-15 since 2008.

In three appearances this spring, Willis has allowed five earned runs on five hits and four walks in 2 2-3 innings.

Good luck to him in Baltimore. Hopefully the 2003 Rookie of the Year can find success there.

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