Add another high-priced name to the ever-growing list of 2008 busts. Dontrelle Willis, who helped pave the way for another Marlins World Series that nobody in Miami gave two s--ts about, is going back to the proverbial drawing board.
He's not even getting to pass GO (AAA) or FREE PARKING (AA). The D-Train is heading straight to the Baltic Avenue that is Single A. Meaning his salary will be greater than the entire team's combined, along with the managers and all of the people in the stands.
After watching yet another wild show on the mound, the Detroit Tigers sent Dontrelle Willis down to Class A on Tuesday in hopes the struggling lefty can find his control.I for one have always been a fan of Mr. Willis: his high leg kick, his inability to keep his hat parallel with his face, and his striking resemblance to the Howard Stern Show's legendary Beetlejuice.
The Tigers optioned Willis to Lakeland of the Florida State League -- and home to the Tigers' spring training camp -- a day after he matched a career high by giving up eight earned runs on five walks and three hits in 1 1/3 innings against Cleveland. Willis (0-1) has walked 21 batters in 11 1/3 innings. The 8-2 loss to the Indians came in his second start since going on the disabled list with a hyperextended right knee.
Detroit signed Willis to a $29 million, three-year deal after getting him in a trade last winter with the Florida Marlins.