View Full Version : Reds sign former ML pitching star

11-22-2010, 06:35 PM
Yep, to strenght up that weak and horrible pitching staff today the Reds inked Dontrell Willis to a minor league deal.......UGG:thumbdown

11-22-2010, 06:44 PM
Low risk and possible high reward. I don't mind the move.

11-22-2010, 06:45 PM
Wish we had him 5 years ago.

11-22-2010, 07:26 PM
he could end up a decent middle guy, especially since he is left handed. I doubt he will, and will probably be gone by the end of Spring training. Yet it's a minor league deal, which is cheap and zero commitment.

11-22-2010, 08:01 PM
Yeah cant see this as a bad thing at all. If he does well and figures it out again its a bargain! If he is willis of the last few years then he is sent packing and no harm. Nice signing!

Natty Redlocks
11-22-2010, 08:15 PM
Ironic. 3-4 years ago, there were people on Redszone who wanted to trade that one prospect for him. What was him name? Blotto? Veto? Oh yeah Votto.

Caveman Techie
11-22-2010, 08:18 PM
Low risk, potential HUGE reward. I like it.

Eric the Red
11-22-2010, 08:40 PM
No qualms from my seat on the signing. As has been said, if he's terrible, he'll be gone by the end of spring training. If not, we can always use a lefty out of the bullpen.

11-22-2010, 09:08 PM
I doubt we will see him in the majors. He has been given chance after chance. Not really a high risk signing.

11-22-2010, 09:38 PM
This is very low risk and could possibly reap major rewards!!! If Dontrell does'nt get it done, then release him, if he gets people out then keep him. Either way we gave nothing for him.

11-22-2010, 09:54 PM
I don't get the excitement.

Yeah, low risk. So what? He has been mostly pathetic for awhile now.

11-22-2010, 10:12 PM
I love me some Dontrelle. Always traded for him in video games.

Is this a precautionary signing in case Rhodes isn't a Red next year? Maybe not, because the team would still have Bray (and let's be honest, Chapman, if he doesn't win a starting spot).

11-22-2010, 11:24 PM
so im guessing hes gonna be a reliever? if used ever.

11-22-2010, 11:28 PM
It's a good move. When he was good he was really good, and if he can kinda get back to that he's very valuable to us. If he's what he's been in recent past then he doesn't make the team and oh well.

11-22-2010, 11:35 PM
I'm all for it. Good contract for him. I've always liked him since he was a stud for Florida. I'm hoping for the best of him. Good luck D-Train!

11-23-2010, 10:11 AM
Love this guy. Wicked delivery, hopefully he can regain some form of control if we're going to use him as a pitcher, and I'm assuming we are.

11-23-2010, 10:44 AM
Surprising, to say the least. I don't see where he fits. Unless he regains some sort of control, he would be a disaster in middle relief. I understand the low cost-possible high rewards thing. This could be a prelude of something else in the works...... Rhodes not coming back, a trade involving pitching, etc. Willis had to be told something encouraging, or else why would he sign here? Unless, he's so far in the bottom of the barrel, he had no other offers/opportunities.

11-23-2010, 01:18 PM
Dusty has always liked Dontrelle, so I think this is more like the Gary Matthews jr. signing. Dusty asked about it, and since it was a low or even no risk move, Walt said sure.

And like Matthews jr. unless he really knocks the socks off of the Reds in spring training or in the minors, he won't see the MLB roster.