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UPDATE: Diamondbacks interested in Dontrelle Willis

May 31, 2010, 9:20 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for Dontrelle Willis Tigers.JPGUPDATE: The Diamondbacks have confirmed their interest in Willis, according to Gilbert.

“We are at least considering him,” D-backs general manager Josh Byrnes
said Monday.

8:55 PM: According to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com, the Diamondbacks have had discussions with the Tigers about acquiring Dontrelle Willis.

Willis, 28, was designated for assignment by the Tigers on Sunday after posting a 4.98 ERA, 1.78 WHIP and a 33/29 K/BB ratio over his first nine appearances (eight starts) this season. The enigmatic left-hander was just 2-8 with a 6.86 ERA during his disappointing tenure in Detroit, averaging a disturbing 8.2 BB/9 over 101 innings.

According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, Willis’ agent Matt Sosnick said that Arizona is one of the places his client “would rather play.” In fact, Willis and his wife were already in the process of buying a home in the Phoenix area. More broadly, Sosnick said “Out West in the National League would be his
choice.” He’s not the first pitcher to look out west for revitalization.

The Tigers have a little over a week to work something out, but whether they decide to release him, trade him or put him on waivers, they’ll be responsible for virtually all of his $12 million contract for this season.

As for the Diamondbacks, they have apparently seen enough of Billy Buckner that they feel it’s worth sending a marginal prospect the Tigers’ way to try to catch lightning in a bottle here. I don’t have much optimism that he can turn things around in the desert, but maybe his bat (eight career home runs) can keep them in a few games. 

  1. BC - May 31, 2010 at 10:21 PM

    I don’t know what the heck is up with this dude upstairs… but he looked like he had his pitching stuff mostly back in spring training. Obviously this season…. not so much.
    Maybe a pitching coach who will kick his a$$ will right him.
    Shoot, my Mets should sign him. Why the heck not.

  2. Curious George - Jun 1, 2010 at 8:25 AM

    Shoot, my Mets should sign him. Why the heck not.

    They already did. They just choose to call him Oliver Perez.

  3. BC - Jun 1, 2010 at 9:34 AM

    Ah…. his evil twin… I see now.

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