D’Backs Acquire Dontrelle Willis For Billy Buckner

It’s a new beginning for Dontrelle Willis, who returns to the league he once thrived in.  And it’s an attempt to restore order by the Diamondbacks, who have allowed more runs than any NL team and are in the midst of an eight-game losing streak. Today the D’Backs announced that they have acquired Willis and cash from the Tigers for Billy Buckner.

There's about $8MM remaining on Willis' salary and the Tigers will pay all of it, except the pro-rated portion of the major league minimum. Buckner, a 26-year-old righty who started three games for Arizona this year, will begin his Tigers career in Triple A, according to the team. Buckner allowed 26 hits in 13 big league innings this year, striking out 11 and walking five. The former second rounder pitched better in Triple A, posting a 3.53 ERA with 5.6 K/9 and 3.5 BB/9.

Ed Price of AOL FanHouse first reported the deal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports confirmed it (via Twitter). Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reported that Buckner was in the deal (via Twitter) and Jon Heyman of SI.com reported how much cash was changing hands (via Twitter).

As many as four teams had some interest in the 28-year-old Willis, according to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post. The Tigers designated Willis for assignment Saturday.


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38 Comments on "D’Backs Acquire Dontrelle Willis For Billy Buckner"


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verlander
5 years 1 month ago

Please be Chris Snyder. Please be Chris Snyder. Please be Chris Snyder.

(Probably won’t be, but one can hope.)

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jdub220
5 years 1 month ago

It’s not. He’s our starting catcher until Montero is back.

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No Neck
5 years 1 month ago

It’s gonna be some burned out pitcher. My guess is Bryan Augenstine

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LiveFastCyYoung
5 years 1 month ago

Exactly. Augenstine, Mulvey, something from that ilk. People saying LaRoche(why the hell would the Tigers need him), Kelly Johnson(HAHAHA. Arizona would look like morons here, or Chris Snyder(not a chance in hell) are delusional.

This coming from a Tigers fan.

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tigers22
5 years 1 month ago

Well said. Going to be some fringe player

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verlander
5 years 1 month ago

I can’t imagine you’d get more than a fringe player for Willis anyway.

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tigers22
5 years 1 month ago

Exactly

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BravesRed
5 years 1 month ago

Actually Ben, Morosi didn’t confirm it. He says he has no reason to disagree with what Price said.

I think it will be LaRoche, Johnson, or Heilman with adding about $13 million or so.

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BravesRed
5 years 1 month ago

Never mind that statement on Morosi.

Guest
5 years 1 month ago

That’s stupid. Why the heck would Ari trade KJ for Willis of all people? The Tigers don’t need LaRoche & he’s worth more than Willis.

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jdub220
5 years 1 month ago

Apparently it’s going to be a pitcher who’s already on the 40 man.
I called this one. Swish.

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LiveFastCyYoung
5 years 1 month ago

Confirmed: The Tigers will acquire Clay Zavada’s mustache in the deal.

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East Coast Bias
5 years 1 month ago

Steal!

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jdub220
5 years 1 month ago

That’s huge overpayment.
His stache is legendary.