Whatchu Talkin' Bout, Willis? Someone Finally Confirms Shane Victorino's Implication: Phillies to Sign Dontrelle Willis
Posted by Frank Klose
Well, Twitter was abuzz last night speculating on an exchange between Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino and pitcher Dontrelle Willis:
Well, now Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com is reporting that the two sides have agreed to a one-year deal.
Willis was once a stud pitcher for the Florida Marlins prior to his trade to the Detroit Tigers where he had lost his form. The Phillies could use him one of two ways:
1) As a starter. The Phillies may not believe much in Joe Blanton's ability to come back from nerve damage in his elbow. As many have noted, nerve damage in the elbow is a recipe for disaster.
2) As a left-handed reliever. The Phillies clearly needed one last season to compliment Antonio Bastardo. This could be a new approach for Willis, but maybe pitching mostly an inning he can succeed.
3) As a left-handed bat off the bench. Willis is a career .244 hitter with 9 home runs and 39 RBI. (Just kidding).