March 7, 2012; Clearwater FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Dontrelle Willis (53) pitches in the sixth inning of the game against the Houston Astros at Bright House Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Dontrelle Willis Will Sign Minor League Deal With Giants


The D-Train is building up steam, getting set to roll again down those tracks to glory. Per John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, one-time Marlins phenom Dontrelle Willis is poised to begin yet another comeback attempt, by signing a minor league contract with the Giants.

Dontrelle last pitched in the majors in 2011 with the Cincinnati Reds, going 1-6 with a 5.00 ERA in 13 starts. Since then he has had stints with the Phillies, Orioles, Cubs and Angels organizations but never gotten back to the major league level.

His last effective season was 2006 when he went 12-12 with the Marlins, posting a 3.87 ERA. His production began tailing off after that, as did his lower body health.

Everyone of course will always remember Dontrelle’s epic 2005 season with Florida when he went 22-10 with a 2.63 ERA, finishing second in Cy Young balloting.

Everyone will always remember that crazy wind-up that he learned, what, pegging rocks at birds? It was something like that, I forgot.

Oh, everyone will always remember that he could hit. Everyone will always remember that he was a tad on the pudgy side.

And he had a great smile.

What, he’s only 31? Can that be true? It seems 500 years since he burst on the scene with Florida.

Man he had a funky wind-up.

Well, if he’s only 31 I guess he still has a shot. I wonder what kind of shape he’s in. Was always a little heavy.

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