Dontrelle Willis, who hasn't pitched in the majors since 2011 and split last year between the independent Long Island Ducks and the Angels' Triple-A team, will sign a minor league deal with the Giants, according to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Willis, who turns 32 on Sunday, played his best years in Florida, where he helped the Marlins win the 2003 World Series and won 22 games in 2005. He was part of the trade that sent Miguel Cabrera from Florida to Detroit, but he made only 24 appearances for the Tigers with a 6.86 ERA. He then bounced from Arizona, in 2010, to Cincinnati, in 2011, and finally out of the majors in 2012.
It is not yet known whether Willis will receive an invitation to major league spring training.
The Giants have a strong rotation, but Madison Bumgarner is currently their only lefty starter.
I heard Dontrelle Willis will be signing a minor-league contract with the #sfgiants — John Shea (@JohnSheaHey) January 10, 2014