Friday, December 16, 2011

2012 Chachi Transactions #6 Dontrelle Willis

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.

Moving On
Dane Sardinha (10-11) 10/10/11 - Filed for free agency
Brandon Moss (11) 10/17/11 - Outrighted to Lehigh Valley and filed for free agency (Signed with the Oakland A's organization)
Brad Lidge (08-11) 10/24/11 - Team option declined
Roy Oswalt (10-11) 10/24/11 - Team option declined
Ross Gload (10-11) 10/30/11 - Filed for free agency
Raul Ibanez (09-11) 10/30/11 - Filed for free agency
Ryan Madson (03-11) 10/30/11 - Filed for free agency
Jimmy Rollins (00-11) 10/30/11 - Filed for free agency
Juan Perez (11) 11/2/11 - Became a minor league free agent
Scott Mathieson (06, 10-11) 11/29/11 - Released
Ben Francisco (09-11) 12/12/11 - Traded to the Toronto Blue Jays for pitcher Frank Gailey

Coming Back
Pete Orr (11) 11/3/11 - Re-signed by the Phillies as a minor league free agent with an invitation to Spring Training
Brian Schneider (10-11) 11/17/11 - Re-signed by the Phillies to a one-year contract

New Additions
Jim Thome (03-05) 11/5/11 - Signed as a free agent formerly with the Cleveland Indians
Jonathan Papelbon 11/14/11 - Signed as a free agent formerly with the Boston Red Sox
Ty Wigginton 11/20/11 - Acquired with cash from the Colorado Rockies for a player to be named later or cash
Laynce Nix 12/8/11 - Signed as a free agent formerly with the Washington Nationals
Dontrelle Willis 12/15/11 - Signed as a free agent formerly with the Cincinnati Reds

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