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Giants ink Dontrelle Willis to minor league contract

Jul 15, 2010, 8:10 PM EDT

The Giants are the latest team to give D-Train another shot.

He’s baccccck…  Well, kinda.

According to the Giants’ official Twitter feed, the club has signed left-handed castoff Dontrelle Willis to a minor league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Fresno.

Willis was dumped by the Diamondbacks on July 4 after allowing 14 earned runs and 27 walks in 21.1 innings as both a reliever and starter in the desert.  It’s not clear what the Giants want from him or why they think he might succeed with another crack at the National League West, but it’s a fairly low-risk contract.

The 28-year-old Willis began the 2010 season with the Tigers and has posted a a 5.62 ERA and a 1.95 WHIP in 65.2 total innings this season.  He also has a disastrous 47/56 K/BB ratio.  Fresno may be his home for quite a while unless he somehow regains the form that he showed years ago in Florida.

  1. Old Gator - Jul 16, 2010 at 1:28 AM

    Good luck, D. He’s really one of the good people. It’d be great to see him turn his career around.

  2. Ick McWang - Jul 16, 2010 at 1:59 AM

    dontrelle willis and scott kazmir are kinda in the same boat in my book, although kaz put several good seasons in a row together, but young guys who seems to have developed the yips or something…
    pitching is funny though. look at barry zito, guy was terrible then suddenly found his mojo again

  3. john j pileggi - Jul 16, 2010 at 8:08 AM

    Willis is a very fine human being who deserves every opportunity to revive his career. I wish him nothing but good fortune.

  4. Knight-of-God - Jul 16, 2010 at 8:43 AM

    I think the D train can get back on track. he is a fine young man who deserves this chance to show he can still pitch. A year from now the Giants will be over joyed when he is the #3 starter in their rotation.

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