D’Backs Designate Dontrelle Willis For Assignment

The Diamondbacks have designated Dontrelle Willis for assignment, per a team press release. The move clears a roster spot for Jordan Norberto, who was recalled from Triple-A.

The D'Backs traded for Willis just over a month ago, acquiring the left-hander shortly after the Tigers had designated him for assignment. Although Willis got off to a promising start in Arizona, tossing six shutout innings in his debut, control issues plagued his later outings. He walked 27 hitters in just 22.1 IP for the D'Backs.

After Willis' last DFA, there were reportedly four teams interested in the 28-year-old, so we'll see if one of those other clubs gets involved now that his time in Arizona appears to be over.


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43 Comments on "D’Backs Designate Dontrelle Willis For Assignment"


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TigerFan54
5 years 3 days ago

Can anyone honestly say that they were surprised at this move? It’s a shame to see a pitcher go from All Star to nothing, but that’s the game sometimes.
What’s the next move for Dontrelle? A Rick Ankiel impersonation to become a position player?

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BaseballFanatic0707
5 years 3 days ago

Well, Dontrelle did have some pop in that bat.

Heck, he can’t pitch, might as well try it!

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bayday5
5 years 2 days ago

A lot of people have been like that. Lots of people say it is the end of the Federer era and the Venus and Serena Williams lost in doubles. So it is the end of eras for those guys. It’s also the end of the era for Daisuke Matsuzaka because he’s been bad lately. Many people are turning into Dontrelle Willis in all sports. Dontrelle is like Larry Johnson-All-Star to Non All-Star. Dontrelle is not a bust, he is just awful and can’t pitch a strike. End of story

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HerbertAnchovy
5 years 2 days ago

Time catches up to everyone!

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bayday5
5 years 2 days ago

A lot of people in a lot of sports are turning in to Dontrelle. Examples are Shaun Alexander, LaDainian Tomlinson, and Larry Johnson but not really for LJ. Roger Federer may be turning into Dontrelle because he lost in the Quarterfinals of Wimbledon and he’s made it to every Wimbledon final since 2002. He also nearly lost the first round to Alejandro Falla. He lost to #10 seed Tomas Berdych but Rafael Nadal beat Berdych in straight sets. Andy Roddick is somewhat turning into Dontrelle. My point is there will always be a guy like Dontrelle but no one will ever be as bad as the King of the Bad Pitchers, Dontrelle Willis. Dice-K is kinda turnin into Dontrelle.

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RiverKKiller999
5 years 3 days ago

Not surprised ….

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Guest
5 years 3 days ago

If there is a pitching coach in Baseball that could straiten out his mechanics/control issues, Darrin Balsley is your guy!I under stand the Padres want reliable pitching depth but If they (the Padres) could get him to get in the system (on the cheap) that would be interesting to stay in the NL West. Unrealistic, Padres really need a reliable starter but I just have to root for such a solid guy like Dontrelle, hope he can regain his stellar form.

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RiverKKiller999
5 years 3 days ago

I could think of another pitching coach too…..Dave Duncan.

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Guest
5 years 3 days ago

Exactly what I was thinking. Another Dave Duncan project.

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jdub220
5 years 3 days ago

I don’t think Willis is going to change his mechanics. And that’s what is making him suck so bad.

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jdub220
5 years 3 days ago

I don’t think Willis is going to change his mechanics. And that’s what is making him suck so bad.

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Guest
5 years 3 days ago

I just see him staying in the NL West. In no way Am I comparing pitching coaches, merely stating my obvious bias. However, when Greg Maddux says D. Balsley is the best pitching coach he has ever had, I think that speaks volumes, especially considering who he was under in Atlanta, (Leo Mazzone) just sayin…

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Guest
5 years 3 days ago

I just see him staying in the NL West. In no way Am I comparing pitching coaches, merely stating my obvious bias. However, when Greg Maddux says D. Balsley is the best pitching coach he has ever had, I think that speaks volumes, especially considering who he was under in Atlanta, (Leo Mazzone) just sayin…

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bayday5
5 years 2 days ago

It’s can’t be Lou Pinella because he can’t even straighten out Carlos Zambrano!!!

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bayday5
5 years 2 days ago

Nobody can’t straighten out Carlos Zambrano though!!!

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5 years 3 days ago

This should have happened a long time ago

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NYMetsFan4Life
5 years 3 days ago

Shame was a good pitcher , sad to see career is over

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bayday5
5 years 2 days ago

Watch this video and this is what I think of his career:link to youtube.com

That’s what I think of his career