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The Rockies plan to discuss whether to sign Dontrelle Willis

Mar 17, 2012, 1:51 PM EDT

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Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies will discuss today whether to sign Dontrelle Willis, who was released by the Phillies yesterday after allowing five runs on five hits and four walks over 2 2/3 innings this spring while dealing with arm fatigue.

“It’s tough at this point in camp, but we will take a look at it,” Rockies general manager Dan O’Dowd said.

The Phillies signed Willis to a one-year, $850,000 deal over the winter with the idea of using him as a situation left-hander out of the bullpen, but he’ll almost certainly have to settle for a minor league deal at this point. As of now, Matt Reynolds is expected to open the season as the Rockies’ left-handed specialist.

Willis posted an ugly 5.00 ERA and 57/37 K/BB ratio in 75 2/3 innings over 13 starts with the Reds last season, but he had an encouraging 20/2 K/BB ratio over 60 plate appearances against left-handed batters.

  1. xmatt0926x - Mar 17, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    I was hoping he’d make the Phillies. Was looking forward to those late summer night extra inning games where the pitchers have to bat.

  2. Walk - Mar 17, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    It is not as hard to get pitching in colorado as it was when pitchers were trying to figure out how to pitch in the blake street bombers enviornment. Still not easy though and some times teams like colorado have to get creative and take chances to get their pitchers. Dontrell may even get his career back on track like george sherrill has. Colorado will be a challenge though for any pitcher much less one trying to regain his past success.

  3. mjay424 - Mar 17, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    Rockies GM Dan O’Dowd loves “bounce-back” candidates and Dontrelle Willis fits that profile. Once a great story, Willis is done as a starter and likely as a reliever too. Colorado is not the house of horrors to all pitchers that it used to be but it’s still a difficult assignment and Willis lacks the physical resources and likely mental ones (lack of confidence anymore) to succeed.

    Maybe the Rockies sign him but I’d doubt it. It would be a move destined to fail.

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