Cubs Sign Dontrelle Willis to Minor League Deal

It looks like Dontrelle Willis may not be retired after all.  The Chicago Cubs have signed the left-handed pitcher to a minor league contract.  Willis has not pitched in the Majors since 2011, and he recently announced his retirement.  However, it looks like that retirement was short-lived.

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Cubs signed Willis to a minor league deal but could get an eventual invite to the big league camp.




Willis has struggled since his 2006.  He hasn't had an ERA under 4.98 in a season since that 2006 season.  In that year, Willis went 12-12 with a 3.87 ERA.  Willis won the Rookie of the Year in 2003 and he finished second in National League Cy Young voting in 2005.

He has never been the same pitcher since 2006.  A combination of injuries and what seems to be a mental block have prevented Willis from getting back to the pitcher he once was.

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