According to Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Dontrelle Willis is not available right now. The Marlins aren’t having discussions about him, and scouts are not watching him pitch.
I believe Juan, so keep this article in mind when things heat up around Tuesday’s deadline. Rumors will fly fast and furious and I’m sure a few will erroneously involve Willis.
Even if he were available, I probably wouldn’t name Willis the best available starter. As I’ve said, that’s probably Joe Blanton. Knowing Billy Beane, he would at least field offers. Well, I don’t know Billy personally but that’s my guess. If you wanted a poor man’s Blanton, you might be able to pry Noah Lowry away from the Giants for some very good position player prospects. We also have Jon Garland from the White Sox, a third solid starter who does not miss bats. If you want strikeout stuff you’d have to chase Javier Vazquez, whose availability seems very limited.