The Dontrelle Willis era in Philadelphia didn't last long -- after signing the 30-year-old hurler three months ago, the Phillies cut him loose today, the team announced.
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The Phillies signed Willis on Dec. 13 to a one-year deal worth $1 million plus performance bonuses. He made three appearances out of the Phils' bullpen this spring, and they didn't go well -- the hard-throwing lefty allowed five earned runs on five hits in 2.2 innings of work. Willis was the National League Rookie of the Year in 2003 and was a two-time All-Star with the Florida Marlins, but his career has gone downhill over the last five years. He now has a career record of 72-69 with a 4.17 ERA.