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Dontrelle Willis? Really?

Posted: 1/4/2013 9:16 PM

Dontrelle Willis? Really? 


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Posted: 1/4/2013 11:15 PM

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Now that I'm done laughing, I have to say this is probably for a possible spot as a second lefty in the bullpen.  He was still pretty decent against lefties before he retired.

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Posted: 1/4/2013 11:30 PM

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Why are you guys sweating a minor league contract?
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Posted: 1/4/2013 11:34 PM

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JohnLCubs wrote: Guess we haven't collected enough bad pitching yet...
http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2013/01/cubs-sign-do ntrelle-willis.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm _medium=facebook
To be fair, the Cubs signed him to a minor-league deal.  He'll get an invite to Spring Training and...well, we'll see.  Do I think he'll recapture the ol' magic?  No...but maybe he'll fool us all.  Can't hurt to take a look...
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Posted: 1/5/2013 9:34 AM

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There is low risk and then there is NO risk.  This move is the latter.

Minor league deal without an invite to big league camp at spring training.  Absolutely anything we get from the artist formerly known as D-train makes this a deal worth doing.
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Posted: 1/5/2013 12:13 PM

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I can't believe the level of outrage and hate I'm seeing on the web for this deal.  People need to get a grip.  This move is not even a footnote.
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Posted: 1/5/2013 2:12 PM

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I actually think its a good thing that the Cubs are willing to give their draft picks a second chance. No risk financially, since its a minor league deal, and it sends the message to other players that the Cubs look after their own. Who is next up? Prior? CPat? Pie?
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Posted: 1/5/2013 7:14 PM

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cubs08 wrote: I actually think its a good thing that the Cubs are willing to give their draft picks a second chance. No risk financially, since its a minor league deal, and it sends the message to other players that the Cubs look after their own. Who is next up? Prior? CPat? Pie?

Lohse.  Drafted by the Cubs but without the taint.
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Posted: 1/6/2013 9:47 AM

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JohnLCubs wrote: Guess we haven't collected enough bad pitching yet...
http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2013/01/cubs-sign-do ntrelle-willis.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm _medium=facebook
He's a spring training invitee and you're making a big deal out of that? rolleyes
gkelly: Stafford can always put these together when the game is out of reach.  He's simply a fantasy football QB who racks up stats in garbage time.
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Posted: 1/7/2013 8:18 AM

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zighawk73 wrote: I can't believe the level of outrage and hate I'm seeing on the web for this deal.  People need to get a grip.  This move is not even a footnote.
What outrage ? Most see this as a irrelevant move and most are sure he won't make the team.
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Posted: 1/7/2013 3:11 PM

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He's 30 years old, he has a chance to prove himself again after taking some time off.  Hopefully he comes out strong and finds a spot in the bullpen.  I've always been a Dontrelle fan.

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Posted: 1/7/2013 3:26 PM

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Willis went with the team that guaranteed to pay him x amount of bucks if he made the team and a team that he has a chance to make...that's called good decision making.
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Posted: 1/7/2013 6:43 PM

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Look, calm down. I'm not making a big deal out of anything. Just wondering what value he could possibly have to the Cubs organization. Consider that he just hasn't been good for a long while. We have enough mediocre and bad pitchers in the system, one more is superfluous. Plus he basically gave up on himself by retiring. I see no real value. Yes, he could get it back in gear and surprise a lot of people. That would be the best possible outcome, but he's got a lot to prove. He just isn't exactly the kind of player that many teams have been fighting to sign - minor league contract or not. Let's just say I'll be very surprised if he has any significant future with the team. For that reason I think this signing is a waste of time.

I sure do miss the days when someone could post a simple opinion here without all the bitchy sarcasm.
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Posted: 1/7/2013 8:09 PM

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JohnLCubs wrote: Look, calm down. I'm not making a big deal out of anything. Just wondering what value he could possibly have to the Cubs organization. Consider that he just hasn't been good for a long while. We have enough mediocre and bad pitchers in the system, one more is superfluous. Plus he basically gave up on himself by retiring. I see no real value. Yes, he could get it back in gear and surprise a lot of people. That would be the best possible outcome, but he's got a lot to prove. He just isn't exactly the kind of player that many teams have been fighting to sign - minor league contract or not. Let's just say I'll be very surprised if he has any significant future with the team. For that reason I think this signing is a waste of time.

I sure do miss the days when someone could post a simple opinion here without all the bitchy sarcasm.
Teams need a lot of pitchers early on in Spring Training, if nothing else to give all the hitters batting practice, etc. I doubt Willis makes it in Spring Training past the first month, and I doubt the Cubs think he will make the team. However...I'm sure Willis saw the Cubs pitching last year and figured he has as good a chance to make the Cubs as anywhere. Nice story, maybe sell 4 more tickets to Spring Training games, doesn't cost anything...if they didn't give Willis the chance, it likely would be some no-name filler, so I'm fine with it.
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Posted: 1/7/2013 9:58 PM

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in football, they would call this picking up a training camp body. I dont understand the opposition at all.
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Posted: 1/8/2013 7:59 PM

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JohnLCubs wrote: Look, calm down. I'm not making a big deal out of anything. Just wondering what value he could possibly have to the Cubs organization. Consider that he just hasn't been good for a long while. We have enough mediocre and bad pitchers in the system, one more is superfluous. Plus he basically gave up on himself by retiring. I see no real value. Yes, he could get it back in gear and surprise a lot of people. That would be the best possible outcome, but he's got a lot to prove. He just isn't exactly the kind of player that many teams have been fighting to sign - minor league contract or not. Let's just say I'll be very surprised if he has any significant future with the team. For that reason I think this signing is a waste of time.

I sure do miss the days when someone could post a simple opinion here without all the bitchy sarcasm.

Dontrelle would not be the first player to rekindle some of his old magic after taking a hiatus from the game.  What kind of value could he have?  A lot.  Or some.  Or a little.  Or none.  We don't know until he tries and we are in the perfect position to let him try.
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Posted: 1/8/2013 9:24 PM

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cubs2007 wrote:
zighawk73 wrote: I can't believe the level of outrage and hate I'm seeing on the web for this deal.  People need to get a grip.  This move is not even a footnote.
What outrage ? Most see this as a irrelevant move and most are sure he won't make the team.
Were you reading MLBTR, BCB, and ESPN comments the day this was announced?  Every other comment was reactionary smart assery.  Or maybe you just like to argue any old thing.  No thanks.  Already have a wife for that.
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