Dontrelle Willis, who for three months in 2011-12 was a member of the Phillies, decided to come out of retirement and sign a minor league contract with the Cubs, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Heyman reports that the deal does not include an invitation to major league camp.
As you know, the Phillies gave Willis a chance last year and it didn’t go so well. The left-hander was released March 16 after just three appearances in the Grapefruit League. Signed to a non-guaranteed deal, the plan was for him to compete for a spot in the bullpen, but five earned runs, four walks and no strikeouts over just 2 2/3 innings later, he was gone.
Willis signed with Baltimore four days later but was sent to Triple-A Norfolk. After posting an 8.53 ERA in four appearances there, the D-Train announced on July 2 he was calling it a career.
So much for that.
I'm Back...— Dontrelle Willis (@D_Train35) January 5, 2013
Thanks For The Cubs Givin Me Another Opportunity To Keep Playin Ball...I'm Gonna Give It My All Hopefully Have Another Blessed Year— Dontrelle Willis (@D_Train35) January 5, 2013
Ive Been Workin Hard All Offseason Gettin My Spirit Back After A Couple Tough Years but Im Ready To Compete 100% In '13 N Be A Bulldog Again— Dontrelle Willis (@D_Train35) January 5, 2013