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ryno4ever Jan 4th 2013 10:14 pm

Dontrelle Willis
 
So, the Cubs just signed D Willis to a minor league deal. It certainly looks as if the HoyStein regime is really trying to focus on pitching depth, without trying to spend a whole lot of cash. It could be lightening in a bottle if Willis' head is screwed back on straight. If he can be of the form he had been, it could be a solid lefty, even perhaps out of the pen. It somewhat concerns me of his recent numbers, and even more so, that he had already "retired"... Wondering if Jed/Theo went to him, or if D-train went to them.

ryno4ever Jan 4th 2013 10:37 pm

Not to mention, if he does come back to the form he had back in 2005 with the Marlins, or even CLOSE when he won 22 games, he could be an awful pretty trading piece come the deadline.

Ivy Killa Jan 5th 2013 5:37 pm

It would be great if he could return to form, i just dont see it happening

ryno4ever Jan 5th 2013 7:21 pm

I don't even, but it's a low risk signing. If he doesn't pan out, it doesn't cost them a whole lot. But if he does do well, it could bring in some prospects at the deadline!

SkullKey Jan 6th 2013 10:15 am

" ... On March 27, 2002, the Cubs traded Willis (then a minor leaguer), fellow pitchers Julián Tavárez and José Cueto, and catcher Ryan Jorgensen to the Florida Marlins, in exchange for pitchers Matt Clement and Antonio Alfonseca. The plan was to start him with the Class-AA Carolina Mudcats. The hope was that he would make the leap to AAA, and potentially be available for a spot start in Florida or a back-of-the-bullpen job late in the season. ..."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dontrelle_Willis

He surprised everybody (maybe except Florida) by going 14–6 with a 3.30 earned run average in 27 starts in winning R.O.Y. for 2003. Must have had a heck of a Spring Training. Also: " ... Willis showcased his remarkable (for a pitcher) hitting ability by going 3-for-3 with a triple while scoring a run during Game 4 of the 2003 National League Division Series, which the Marlins won 7–6 over the Chicago Cubs. ... " Talk about biting the hand that once fed you. He was terrific in 2003. I wondered now and again how that season might have ended up differently if he had remained a Cub. He was traded mainly for Alfonseca somewhat out of desperation for a closer. Alfonseca was never quite what the Cubs hoped.

Hard to believe it's been 10 years. Remember, fitting the Cubs plan of acquiring players entering their prime years he's still 6 foot4, 225 lbs and only 29 years old (he'll turn 31 on 12 January). Maybe the coaching staff can reduce his WHIP or they can find some role for him - we'll see. Interesting twist.

SkullKey Jan 6th 2013 10:23 am

Quote:

Originally Posted by ryno4ever (Post 80214)
I don't even, but it's a low risk signing. If he doesn't pan out, it doesn't cost them a whole lot. But if he does do well, it could bring in some prospects at the deadline!

I' guessing they hope he'll do well enough to bring a decent prospect


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