Giants Sign Dontrelle Willis

The San Francisco Giants' official Twitter feed reports that the club signed left-hander Dontrelle Willis to a minor-league contract with Triple-A Fresno on Wednesday.  The Giants are Willis' third team this season, after he was designated for assignment by both the Tigers and Diamondbacks within the last two months.  No matter where he has played in 2010, Willis' struggles have continued — he has a 5.62 ERA in 15 appearances (13 of them starts) and only an 0.84 K-BB ratio. 

We had heard that the Brewers, Mets and Marlins all had some degree of interest in Willis when he was first DFA'ed by Detroit, though Willis' stated preference to play near the west coast may have been a factor in his signing with the Giants.  Should Willis get promoted to the majors, he will be playing just outside his hometown of Oakland. 


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96 Comments on "Giants Sign Dontrelle Willis"


Will32
5 years 13 days ago

How rad would it be if he returned to his old form! haha

DetroitTigers24
5 years 13 days ago

You are being absolutley crazy. This will never happen.

Will32
5 years 13 days ago

Hhaha i know i know.

coolstorybro222
5 years 13 days ago

as what? a ball boy?

5 years 13 days ago

yea they gotta replace that old ball boy they have haha

EdinsonPickle
5 years 13 days ago

Interesting… Unless there are injuries though I don’t see him being called up.

DetroitTigers24
5 years 13 days ago

How are there still teams that want this guy. He’s done. He will never be effective ever again. Now I know I will get some people replying to me that it’s a no lose situation and maybe he can get back to normal but you people need to be serious with yourselves. This is a complete waste of money even if it was for $10 buck. How long before he gets designated for assignment. HEY MLBTR STAFF, THE NEW POLL SHOULD BE HOW LONG HE STAYS IN THE GIANTS SYSTEM BEFORE HE GETS DESIGNATED FOR ASSIGNMENT. I give it about 2 weeks. haha what a waste, He is so useless.

A $10 buck?

5 years 10 days ago

Actually, they’re taking him as a reliever I think. He’s had some pretty wacky splits over the last few years, with very good results against lefties. Let’s look at the last few years, where he has been awful (in aggregate):

Year BB K K/BB BA
2007 11 33 3.00 .123
2008 6 9 1.50 .125
2009 8 8 1.00 .306
2010 8 30 3.75 .216

Admittedly, we’re talking small sample sizes- but those are some pretty good numbers except for 2009. For 3 out of his last 4 seasons, he has been pretty dominant against lefties. Admittedly, we’re talking about Dontrelle taking a role more like Mike Myers (the lefty specialist, not the Shrek guy) but that’s still got value to a club.

5 years 13 days ago

He should be converted into a long reliever.

bomberj11
5 years 13 days ago

More like mop-up duty…

5 years 13 days ago

mop up if you never want the inning to end, he can stall till someone else gets ready i guess

Tigerfan93
5 years 12 days ago

More like an outfielder.

5 years 13 days ago

best organization for him to succeed in, if he fixes his mechanics he would thrive in san fran. This also could lead to jonathan sanchez being dealt for a quality hitter

DetroitTigers24
5 years 13 days ago

There is no way this leads to a Sanchez trade. Whenever your backup plan is Dontrelle Willis, I wouldn’t trade your bat boy

5 years 13 days ago

if the giants want a hitter, there most likely gonna half to trade a pitcher and that pitcher will be sanchez, why not pick up someone who has had success and try and fix his mechanics, not saying it will happen, but its worth the risk

DetroitTigers24
5 years 13 days ago

Who hasnt tried to fix his mechanics. I’m pretty sure its safe to say he is permanently broken. He will never be fixed and I think he should accept that fact that pretty soon the best contract he gets is in Independent Ball

dodgerdude99
5 years 12 days ago

Yeah i dont agree with you at all. But, The Dodgers wouldnt mind to get Sanchez. He probably would rather be a Dodger in the first place! A woo hoo

fugazism
5 years 13 days ago

Of course it is the best organization for him to be in. the giants lead the league in walks

dodgerdude99
5 years 12 days ago

Why deal away Jonathon Sanchez? He is an overall better player then Dontrelle Willis. When Dontrelle and Miguel Cabrera got shipped to Detroit, it only worked out for Miguel..On the other hand for Dontrelle, he lost everything. I think the Giants will soon fall out of the Race to do Lack of Offense. Overall a dissapointing move for the Giants. GO DODGERS (:

dodgerdude99
5 years 12 days ago

Why deal away Jonathon Sanchez? He is an overall better player then Dontrelle Willis. When Dontrelle and Miguel Cabrera got shipped to Detroit, it only worked out for Miguel..On the other hand for Dontrelle, he lost everything. I think the Giants will soon fall out of the Race to do Lack of Offense. Overall a dissapointing move for the Giants. GO DODGERS (:

5 years 13 days ago

he really needs to go to Cardinals…

DetroitTigers24
5 years 13 days ago

That would be cool if you want the Cardinals to give up on their season and lose the division. If I wanted my team to lose, I would want to sign him.

5 years 13 days ago

If Duncan were to fix Willis, he’d have to be considered the greatest position coach in all sports history.

5 years 13 days ago

If Duncan were to fix Willis, he’d have to be considered the greatest position coach in all sports history.

5 years 13 days ago

I have a question about Dontrelle Willis. He has proven over the last few years that he is never going to be the same pitcher again and when he played in the NL he showed that he was a good hitting pitcher. Why doesn’t he pull a Rick Ankiel and go back into the minors, re-tool his game and become a hitter?

Brandon Woodworth
5 years 13 days ago

Same could be said for Micah Owings.

5 years 13 days ago

I guess it would come down to how well he could field whatever position they try to convert him to. He may not be able to play defense well enough to even consider converting him.

5 years 13 days ago

If he came back as a hitter his position in the field would probably be outfield, just like Ankiel, I can’t guarantee that but that is probably what would happen. And I can’t imagine he’d be any worse of a fielder than Manny Ramirez is, so in my opinion he should give it a shot whether he’s a great fielder or not unless this thing works out in San Fran which I seriously doubt will happen…but you never know.

5 years 13 days ago

If he came back as a hitter his position in the field would probably be outfield, just like Ankiel, I can’t guarantee that but that is probably what would happen. And I can’t imagine he’d be any worse of a fielder than Manny Ramirez is, so in my opinion he should give it a shot whether he’s a great fielder or not unless this thing works out in San Fran which I seriously doubt will happen…but you never know.

5 years 13 days ago

I guess it would come down to how well he could field whatever position they try to convert him to. He may not be able to play defense well enough to even consider converting him.

5 years 13 days ago

Sounds like insurance to me for Wellemeyer/Martinez if Sanchez ends up being traded.

55saveslives
5 years 13 days ago

Maybe a Wellemeyer DFA?? If and only IF he makes it back.

5 years 13 days ago

Willis needs to convert himself to a hitter/fielder, he can really swing a bat.

5 years 13 days ago

If he can hit so well, maybe this is the bat Sabean was looking for….

5 years 13 days ago

I like it. What have we got to lose?

5 years 13 days ago

Dontrelle’s back in the bay and back to his roots… I smell a comeback.

jphenix2002
5 years 13 days ago

nah thats just the ganja you inhaled.

Gumby65
5 years 13 days ago

He just needs to stay away from Chavez Ravine. Two appearances there resulted in DFA’s after both games 😛

5 years 13 days ago

Dontrelle Willis has been THE worst pitcher in the major leagues in 2007 and 2008 and 2009, and 2010. He is easily the biggest mistake that Dave Dombrowski has made since he joined the Tigers. Not only should they not have traded for him, but he should never have been signed to an extension the winter after leading the NL in runs allowed, and every single player that was taken off the roster while Willis remained was yet another error by Tiger management. As likable a person as he is, he just does not have it as a pitcher.

DetroitTigers24
5 years 13 days ago

I agree. As a Tiger fan, it was unbearable watching him pitch and walking every other batter on 4 straight balls. By far the worst extension and the biggest waste of money on one single player. DONTRELLE WILLIS IS DONE. I dont understand why teams still have interest in him. He will NEVER return to his Marlin days and just like the Tigers and Diamondbacks, he will be designated for assignment within a few weeks

Wright50714
5 years 13 days ago

Biggest waste of money on one single player? Obviously you’ve never heard of a guy named Oliver Perez.

Wright50714
5 years 13 days ago

Biggest waste of money on one single player? Obviously you’ve never heard of a player named Oliver Perez

DetroitTigers24
5 years 13 days ago

Your nuts. Do you seriously think Oliver Perez is worse than Dontrelle Willis. Perez is a Cy Young compared to Willis

5 years 13 days ago

Of all the bad contracts that Dave Dombrowski has signed with the Tigers, and they’re now in the hundred millions, the extension to Willis was the worst. There have been many worse contracts, and I think that they ran a good article on here on worst contracts a while back. But for the Tigers, this was the worst. Bonderman, Robertson, Willis, Sheffield, Guillen, and a lot of extensions to guys that bombed out after they extended.

5 years 13 days ago

Of all the bad contracts that Dave Dombrowski has signed with the Tigers, and they’re now in the hundred millions, the extension to Willis was the worst. There have been many worse contracts, and I think that they ran a good article on here on worst contracts a while back. But for the Tigers, this was the worst. Bonderman, Robertson, Willis, Sheffield, Guillen, and a lot of extensions to guys that bombed out after they extended.

HummBaby
5 years 13 days ago

I would have never in a million years figured you for a Tigers fan.

Maximus2552
5 years 13 days ago

sorry, i cant find the other comment to reply to, I’m new to this site, lol.
Of course people can follow more than one team, and no not only giants fans can comment on this. but it just seemed funny that this guy we are talking about use to be on the Tigers, and for someone who it seems didn’t like him at all, you are following him a lot. Just let us Giants fan have our optimism about this guy, no matter how ridiculous it sounds, lol.

5 years 13 days ago

Max- I honestly wish Dontrelle nothing but the best. The guy has given nothing short of a full effort every time out, but he just doesn’t have the mechanics down. He’d have to completely relearn how to pitch. His delivery was completely unsustainable as his body naturally filled out into his big frame. It was amazing that he could come with a delivery so discombobulated and throw strikes, but he’s deceptive as all hell, even still. He just can’t get that delivery to wind up with enough strikes.

5 years 13 days ago

Max- I honestly wish Dontrelle nothing but the best. The guy has given nothing short of a full effort every time out, but he just doesn’t have the mechanics down. He’d have to completely relearn how to pitch. His delivery was completely unsustainable as his body naturally filled out into his big frame. It was amazing that he could come with a delivery so discombobulated and throw strikes, but he’s deceptive as all hell, even still. He just can’t get that delivery to wind up with enough strikes.

jwsox
5 years 13 days ago

you realize if they hadn’t traded for him they never would have gotten Cabrera right?

DetroitTigers24
5 years 13 days ago

Willis was actually a throw in to the deal. If the Tigers were going to be giving up so many prospects they wanted another player to be thrown in and unfortunatley it happend to be Willis.

5 years 13 days ago

Not exactly, DT 24. See my next post in reply to jwsox. There are some real misconceptions about how the Cabrera deal went down. DD really wanted Willis, but he didn’t HAVE to take him. They would not have given up Maybin and Miller both if Willis wasn’t included.

BLB25
5 years 13 days ago

thats just not true

5 years 10 days ago

It is positively true. If Florida wanted to be rid of Willis, they only had to release him. The Tigers did not HAVE to take Willis to get the deal done. The Tigers inquired about Willis BEFORE Cabrera ever became available. There were reports during the World Series to that effect. DD also stated after the trade that they did not want to give up both Miller and Maybin for just Cabrera. He also said that they had scouted Willis throughout September and they were convinced that he had sorted everything out. They gave him $ 29 million to back up their scouting report. All true. Positively true.

5 years 13 days ago

Not exactly, DT 24. See my next post in reply to jwsox. There are some real misconceptions about how the Cabrera deal went down. DD really wanted Willis, but he didn’t HAVE to take him. They would not have given up Maybin and Miller both if Willis wasn’t included.

5 years 13 days ago

That is absolutely and conclusively false!

The Tigers did not HAVE to take Willis to get Cabrera. That’s pure bunk.
If the Marlins wanted to get rid of Willis, all they had to do was non tender him, and he was gone. He was not under contract. And they certainly did not have to give Willis a $ 29 million extension. They actually scouted him and thought he’d be a good pitcher for them. Their scouts just flat blew it. Same with the scouting reports on Renteria’s defense the same year.

Go back to Rotoworld or MLBTR and trace the stories as they came out in December of 2007. The Tigers inquired on Willis during the World Series, long before Cabrera was made available. They refused to part with Miller and Maybin for Cabrera alone, but when Willis was included by Florida, they gave up both of them, plus four more players. They took the first offer that the Marlins made rather than counter offer because three different clubs had publicly criticized Beinfest for “moving the goal posts” on deals for Cabrera.

Maximus2552
5 years 13 days ago

I’m just curious, if your a Tigers fan, why are you following this story? Why do you care where Dontrelle Willis is now? This will be the 2nd team who has had him since your team released him.

vtadave
5 years 13 days ago

Guess this is Tim Lincecum insurance.

55saveslives
5 years 13 days ago

Your response just made me yawn.

HummBaby
5 years 13 days ago

They mentioned tying to fix his mechanics. A funky pitcher with a funky delivery in need of help with his mechanics. Chris Lincecum just packed his bags and is headed for Fresno.

55saveslives
5 years 13 days ago

We need Juan Marichal!

ramiro magana
5 years 13 days ago

I like this move, I feel like he could have a similar impact as Brad Penny had last year (Sanchez will be traded..) Good move just dont blow it sabes by trading bumgarner.

vtadave
5 years 13 days ago

I will bet you my house that Willis won’t go 4-1 with a 2.59 ERA in six starts for the Giants as Penny did.

5 years 13 days ago

I’ll bet you my house and my boat.

ramiro magana
5 years 13 days ago

alright, I’ll bookmark and check back in October…

fishfan4life
5 years 13 days ago

He needs to be Rick Ankiel’d

The_Thrill_22
5 years 11 days ago

And get on the juice?