Tigers To Designate Dontrelle Willis For Assignment

The Tigers will designate Dontrelle Willis for assignment tomorrow, according to the team's official Twitter feed. The move will free up a roster spot for Max Scherzer, who is being called up to start tomorrow's game.

Willis, still just 28, has been a disappointment since coming over from the Marlins prior to the 2008 season. Overall he posted a 6.86 ERA in 101 innings with the team, including a 4.98 ERA in 43.1 innings this year. He won just two games in a Tigers' uniform, missing time with everything from knee hyper-extension to forearm tightness to anxiety disorder.

The Tigers have ten days to trade, release, or waive the former Rookie of the Year, but are still on the hook for his $12MM salary this season.


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51 Comments on "Tigers To Designate Dontrelle Willis For Assignment"


Yankees10
5 years 3 months ago

Sad how his carer has turned out

ilikebaseball
5 years 3 months ago

So sad. I hope he finds success somewhere, I’ll be rooting for him.

Sage
5 years 3 months ago

Brewers, get your collective butts in gear and sign him. NOW!

capncasey
5 years 3 months ago

Sad indeed. He had every possible chance in Detroit, possibly more than allot of teams would have probably given him. Any team interested had better either have a magic cure or allot of patience…

Yankees420
5 years 3 months ago

Or Dave Duncan.

ReverendBlack
5 years 3 months ago

Frankly if Duncan or anyone else effectively fixes this guy, heads need to roll in Detroit. That is a very costly failure.

DJ_2
5 years 3 months ago

It will be interesting to see if anyone will take a flyer on him. I’m sure somebody will look at his past success and take a chance for the league minimum. Maybe a place like St. Louis makes sense. Dave Duncan has a history of turning around pitchers and reviving their careers. My prediction is that, wherever Dontrelle decides to go, by the time September comes around he will eventually figure it out and at least become a decent #5 Starter/Long Relief Man for a contending team that lacks SP.

capncasey
5 years 3 months ago

I’ve seen that prediction for 3 years now, at least related to the Tigers. I just don’t see it at this point…

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start_wearing_purple
5 years 3 months ago

Someone will… doesn’t someone sign Mark Prior every year?

CodyG
5 years 3 months ago

big shocker..

Rich G
5 years 3 months ago

I smell rental potential for Red Sox

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start_wearing_purple
5 years 3 months ago

Dear god in heaven no. If he can’t handle the AL Central how on earth will he survive the AL East. If he gets released he should head for the NL… Cards make sense.

j6takish
5 years 3 months ago

Bout time, I miss Nate

Guest
5 years 3 months ago

What happened to him? After 2006, his ERA ballooned but he still had 146 Ks. It’s a shame. Hopefully he can turn it around somewhere else.

AmericanMovieFan
5 years 3 months ago

I smell the A’s picking him up for nothing since they’re all about the salvage cases.

jcrabtree7
5 years 3 months ago

If you take Miguel Cabrera out of that trade, the deal was a bust for both sides.
DET: D’Willis-sadly derailed

FLA: Mike Rabelo-played half a MLB year, now back in Tigers farm system
Andrew Miller-hasn’t lived up to minor league stats
Cameron Maybin-hasn’t lived up to hype, can’t hit on MLB level

I could see the Brewers taking a chance, although that hangs on whether or not Chris Capuano is here to stay…again. Or the Cardinals with both Loshe and Penny on the DL.

bigpat
5 years 3 months ago

It would be cool if he came back to Florida. They can probably use a bullpen arm and he should be comfortable there.

kmborek
5 years 3 months ago

Good thing the only reason Detroit made the trade was to acquire Cabrera, so “taking him out of the trade” makes absolutely no sense. Dontrelle was just a throw-in and any success he would’ve had would’ve just been a bonus.

The only mistake was resigning him to such an expensive contract before he ever played a game in Detroit. But considering we now have one of the top 5 hitters in the majors who is probably a future HOF’er and only 27 years old I’ll take it.

Now if the Marlins would just sell us Hanley for a bunch of prospects we would be all set, because Everett doesn’t even belong on a minor league roster right now.

jcrabtree7
5 years 3 months ago

No, I wasn’t saying literally “take him outta the trade”, I meant aside from him, it has been a bust for both sides now.

jphenix2002
5 years 3 months ago

too bad for the guy, but he just didn’t have it.

bigpat
5 years 3 months ago

Sad to see his career end up like this. He was an awesome pitcher and just seemed like a cool dude. Not sure what happened. On the surface, his stats don’t look that bad this year, but he has a pretty flimsy K/BB ratio and is struggling to get through 6 innings for the most part.

Maybe he can start fresh somewhere and he won’t have the burden of being under a big contract, and maybe he can become a relief pitcher. I don’t want to see him out of baseball.

5 years 3 months ago

Maybe signs a minor league deal with the dodgers? and honeycutt and torre help him turn it around?

5 years 3 months ago

Hopefully the Dodgers can sign Dontrelle Willis, He is a guy that has a big upside, and will only cost the league minimum and i believe that going back to the NL it will surely help him.

5 years 3 months ago

At this point, anyone who is a Dodgers fan should be hoping they’ll sign anyone who can throw a ball for 5+ innings.

bobraines
5 years 3 months ago

the challenge is going to be to fix his wind-up. He puts far too much strain on his body, but needs the deception and irregularity to get it by hitters. Maybe not as a starter, but as a one or two inning guy.

5 years 3 months ago

I got to meet him twice in a fanfest when he was in a Marlins Uniform and he was just a fun cool guy. I was able to take a picture with him and he even gave me a dounut box with a couple of dounuts left in the box because he wasant able to give them all away. I really hope Dontrelle can turn things around i have always been a fan when he was a Marlin and as a tiger so wherever he goes i will always root for the D-Train.

5 years 3 months ago

And on a further note i hope he comes back with that high leg kick in a Marlins Uniform.

kmborek
5 years 3 months ago

If Dontrelle comes back i think it definitely should to be in the NL. Not only because he will face slightly less potent lineups, but the guy can also really hit for a pitcher. I remember joking that when he was pitching in LA a few games ago Leyland should’ve hit him 7th in Detroit’s lineup. (ahead of Laird/Avila and Santiago/Everett)

It was a half-joke from a Tiger fan frustrated with our current production from the 6-9 hitters, but I think a lot of people forget that he could really hit in Florida, which might make some NL teams more willing to give him a shot.

TytheSportsGuy
5 years 3 months ago

D-Train to StL!

BeatEmBucs
5 years 3 months ago

I’d really like to see the Pirates take a flyer on him. There’s no way he could possibly be any worse than Charlie Morton and a move back to the NL could do wonders for him.

zonis
5 years 3 months ago

I would kind of like the A’s to take a flier on him and put him in the bullpen. Bring Willis back to Oakland, and in the pen he can’t really do much damage, and he might do better since he obviously can’t cut it as a starter anymore.