Report: Phillies Sign Dontrelle Willis to A One-Year Deal
The Philadelphia Phillies have reached an agreement with Dontrelle Willis on a one-year deal that is believed to be worth $1 million plus performance bonuses, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports.
In 2003 at the age of 21, Willis took baseball by storm, posting a 14-6 record with a 3.30 ERA and 142 strikeouts in 160.2 innings en route to winning the National League Rookie of the Year. Two seasons later he posted a league-leading 22 wins and five shutouts, coupled with a 2.63 ERA. His 2005 performance helped him finish second in the National League Cy Young voting.
Since 2007, however, the unorthodox hurler has suffered a loss of control that has nearly forced him out of the league. Since his 2006 season, Willis has failed to post an ERA below 5.00, and has made just 75 starts in five seasons.
In 2011 Willis posted a 1-6 record with a 5.00 ERA in 13 starts with the Cincinnati Reds.