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).