By: Andrew Vigliotti
The Orioles have signed free agent left-handed pitcher Dontrelle Willis to a minor league contract. This coming on the concerns of southpaw Zach Britton, who went to see Dr. James Andrews due to inflammation of his pitching shoulder. The move doesn’t surprise because general manager Dan Duquette has stated numerous times that they are in need of starting pitching.
Baltimore fans should be skeptical about the signing because he was recently released by the Philadelphia Phillies. He pitched 75 2/3 innings for the Cincinnati Reds last season — his highest total since 2007.
Willis, an eighth round draft pick by the Chicago Cubs in 2000, won a career high 22 games in 2005, but only has won four games since 2007.
The 30-year-old is expected to report to spring training, but a roster spot is not a guarantee after a rough spring training with Philadelphia.