It always seemed like something of an odd fit: Dontrelle Willis, a reclamation project if there's ever been one, and perennial National League East champion Philadelphia Phillies.
Turns out, there wasn't much of a fit at all. Matt Gelb:
The Phillies have released Dontrelle Willis, the enigmatic lefthander who was attempting to revive his career as a reliever.
He was plagued by ineffectiveness and arm soreness during the first four weeks of camp. That, despite only three Grapefruit League appearances, was enough for the Phillies to pull the plug on the experiment.
Willis was working on a one-year, $850,000 contract ... but non-guaranteed, which means now the Phillies don't owe him one thin dime. A lot of hullabuloo, it turns out, for a lefty reliever who recorded eight outs during spring training.
Considering Willis's history and his relative success in the minors last season, he'll probably get a chance to pitch somewhere and I wouldn't bet good money that we won't see him in the majors again, someday.