This morning, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com tweeted that the Phils were close to a one-year, $1 million contract with Dontrelle Willis.
The 29-year-old lefty is coming off a 1-6 season with Reds in which he posted a 5.00 ERA and a 1.520 WHIP in 75 2-3 innings. If it's any consolation, he went 5-2 with a 2.63 ERA during his time at Triple-A Louisville last season. If nothing else, Willis will add to the Phils' already stellar stable of hitting pitchers. In 34 major-league plate appearances last year, he hit .387 with a homer, a triple and three doubles (1.032 OPS).
Kendrick, Valdez tendered: As expected, the Phillies tendered contracts to all of their arbitration-eligible players late Monday night. Cole Hamels, Hunter Pence, Kyle Kendrick and Wilson Valdez are all eligible to have their 2012 salaries determined by an arbitration panel in February. Of course, the players could reach agreement on contracts with the team long before then – and that’s what usually happens.