There are certain iconic pitchers who, in their prime, I just couldn't imagine donning a Phillies uniform. This list includes Fernando Valenzuela, Sid Fernandez and Pedro Martinez. My reaction has always been the same the first time I saw one of those guys wearing red pinstripes - I never thought I'd see that guy in a Phillies uniform. Well, go ahead and add Dontrelle Willis' name to that list. I never thought I'd see that guy in a Phillies uniform.
(14,000 Phillies compiled a similar list a few days ago. Andy Van Slyke and Jeff Conine are good examples of position players I never thought I'd see in a Phillies uniform.)
The Phils signed Willis to a one-year deal yesterday, and he'll be used strictly as a left-handed specialist out of the bullpen. He and Antonio Bastardo will share lefty bullpen duties with Willis also possibly serving as a potential long-man or spot starter.