Report: Giants expected to sign Dontrelle Willis to minor league deal

Friday January 10th, 2014

Dontrelle Willis (Chris Trotman/Getty Images0 Dontrelle Willis went 22-10 with a 2.63 ERA in 2005 with the Marlins. (Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

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.

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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.

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