Phillies Release Dontrelle Willis

The Phillies announced that they released left-hander Dontrelle Willis. The Sosnick Cobbe client signed a one-year, $1MM contract with Philadelphia in December and had been expected to contribute out of the bullpen.

Willis pitched 75 2/3 innings for the Reds in 2011 — his highest total since 2007. The 30-year-old southpaw posted a 5.00 ERA with 6.8 K/9, 4.4 BB/9 and a 54.5% ground ball rate in 13 second half starts with Cincinnati this past season. The Mariners, Blue Jays, Red Sox and Reds reportedly had interest in Willis as a reliever before he signed with the Phillies.


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39 Comments on "Phillies Release Dontrelle Willis"


3 years 5 months ago

Grab him, Pittsburgh! Before he leaves the state!

nathanalext
3 years 5 months ago

Didn’t see this coming.. Why?

Muggi
3 years 5 months ago

 I think this was as much a favor to him as anything. Sore arm, being outperformed by the other guys vying for the second LOOGY position (and his ineffectiveness to RH batters anymore)…this at least gives him a chance to catch on with another MLB team. He was destined for the Phils’ AAA team as things were going.

Good guy from all the rumors. Wish him luck.

bonds2425
3 years 5 months ago

The D train has comes to his last destination

rockfordone
3 years 5 months ago

Sad but true

3 years 5 months ago

Nice guy, but he has been slowed by a sore arm and hasn’t been effective. Better to cut ties early before they were on the hook for his entire salary. Hopefully they can resign him to a minor league deal and he can work his way back and get adjusted to the bullpen roll. I doubt he gets any major league offers. He showed nothing in spring training to indicate he would.

stonepie
3 years 5 months ago

i must have missed this signing… didnt think anyone would give him a million dollar contract

donjuandemarco
3 years 5 months ago

He’d be worth adding as potential.  Grab him Theo!

TophersReds
3 years 5 months ago

Come back to Cincy on a Minor League deal, D-Train. We were the team, afterall, that took you in to show the Phillies that you could be worth 1M this year. Maybe he should try playing the outfield or something, because his bat it good enough, haha. 

nm344
3 years 5 months ago

Phils have enough guys who are just as good or better who are making the minimum: Savery and especially Diekman who has a real shot to make the team.

ColonelTom
3 years 5 months ago

Sad to see Dontrelle go, but it’s a sensible move.  They’ll save about $300K – Dontrelle gets some cash for making it this far – but more importantly they’ll find out if one of the kids (Diekman, Savery, Horst, or maybe Aumont if they go with one lefty) can hack it at the big-league level.

CreativeMace
3 years 5 months ago

Dontrelle Willis = Adam Loewen?

HobokenMetsFan
3 years 5 months ago

hah I had the same thought

Bruce Baumann
3 years 5 months ago

Maybe he should think about playing the field. He’s got a career .247/.277/.378 line in just under 500 PA’s….just sayin’.

Cassy
3 years 5 months ago

Hardest working pitcher I know in the offseason! Whoever grabs him will def get moneys worth!

55saveslives
3 years 5 months ago

 Not sure about that…when the Giants signed him, he showed up 20lbs overweight

eyeglass1
3 years 5 months ago

wow.. so, he was like at 400 lbs? that’s fat man. :)

Max
3 years 5 months ago

It’s crazy how they let him go

OsFan106
3 years 5 months ago

He’ll be an Oriole by next week. Theyre always picking guys up off of the scrap heap.

3 years 5 months ago

Hahahahaha, no I don’t think this time.
His arm isn’t right, which is a shame.
Unless, they want to sign him to a minor league deal, I don’t see the point.
Although, I would rather have Willis rather than Fossum’s Flop or Flip or whatever it is.

Max Pogacar
3 years 5 months ago

Ha. I love it. As another O’s fan, I am totally bracing for exactly that.
Still, I loved Dontrelle when he first hit the bigs. Who is to say he couldn’t regain some of his form? Hell, did you see Matusz the other day? Six K’s against the real Tigers? Kinda weird…

OsFan106
3 years 5 months ago

Matusz looked solid the other day. Im hoping he puts it together this year.

skoods
3 years 5 months ago

When a guy gets axed in the middle of spring training, it usually means he’s not close to regaining his form.

Runtime
3 years 5 months ago

Like JoJo Reyes?
LOL

HobokenMetsFan
3 years 5 months ago

With Byrdak going down for surgery and slated to miss the beginning of the season, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Mets take a flyer.

He will come cheap, after all……

jbhjkhjhkjhk
3 years 5 months ago

Was that $1 million contract guaranteed?  If so, this was an incredibly foolish signing.

skoods
3 years 5 months ago

No, it wasn’t. 

Mike H
3 years 5 months ago

This shouldn’t really be surprising. D-Train’s success was pretty much always due to his delivery first and his stuff second. Given enough time batters were always going to figure him out, and now he’s to the point where he can’t get by anymore.

3 years 5 months ago

I just took another look at his numbers.  You are right, I was very surprised that his peripherals were as weak as they are.  He only ever had a WHIP below 1.3 once in his career, he was very hittable, and his K/BB ratio was nothing special.  He ate alot of innings, and once won 20 games.  But that’s about it. 

I think he would have ended up in the bullpen eventually anyway, because of his success vs LH, but the combination of injury and inactivity seem to have scuttled that possibility, at least for now.  He is still barely 30, so if he works hard, he might catch on again, but its questionable how much desire he has left.

Greg Munster
3 years 5 months ago

I think it would be a wise move for the reds to sign him to a minor league deal as a backup plan for Bill Bray… that way Chapman could remain a starter…. 

goner
3 years 5 months ago

 Hopefully D-Train catches on with another team.

3 years 5 months ago

Brewers need a lefty in the pen and Willis is pretty cheap. Might be a smart move.

headsupkid01
3 years 5 months ago

What happen? Did he bug out?