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Dontrelle Willis’ latest comeback attempt will be with the Reds

Nov 22, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

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Dontrelle Willis hasn’t been healthy and effective since 2006, but Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the 29-year-old left-hander will make his latest comeback attempt with the Reds after agreeing to a minor-league contract today.

Willis was let go by the Tigers, Diamondbacks, and Giants last season while posting a 5.62 ERA with more walks (56) than strikeouts (47) in 65.2 innings, and dating back to 2007 he’s 13-24 with a 5.81 ERA and 228/206 K/BB ratio in 329 total innings.

Willis’ raw stuff is perhaps still good enough to get big-league hitters out even through his velocity has definitely declined compared to his 2003-2005 peak, but the quality of his stuff will remain a moot point as long as he can’t consistently throw the ball over the plate.

He’s someone to root for, but Willis is facing some awfully long odds at this stage.

  1. metalhead65 - Nov 22, 2010 at 9:47 PM

    unless he can pitch out of the pen then why on earth would a team stacked with young healthy starting pitching do with this guy?if he had anything left he would not have been let go by what 5 teams in 2yrs. waste of time reject. they should focus on getting the guys they have to the next leval meaning going more than 5 innings and throwing a 100 or more pitches during those innings.

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