The Phillies became the latest team to give up on former 20-game winner Dontrelle Willis as they announced they released him Friday morning.
Since he is still relatively young, 30-years-old, and left handed he’ll get as many opportunities to try to succeed as possible. However, he hasn’t pitched at least 200 innings since 2007 and hasn’t had an ERA+ of even 86 since 2006 which is why despite many opportunities, he hasn’t been able to stick with anybody.
The Yankees apparently were one of the teams who tried to give him an opportunity this offseason.
According to Joel Sherman of the NY Post, they offered him a contract to come to camp as a non-roster invitee this offseason, but he obviously turned them down. Now Sherman says that the Yankees may look into him now that the Phillies have given up on him, but he termed that as “iffy”.
Even if they do want to make him another offer, they won’t be the only ones. MLBTradeRumors.com reported that the Mariners, Blue Jays, Red Sox, and Reds all had interest in signing him as a reliever before the Phillies signed him. Like I said, former 20-game winners throw left handed never go out of style.