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Monday
Jan072013

Cubs Sign Pitcher Dontrelle Willis to Minor League Deal

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The D-Train is getting another chance to continue his Major League career as the Chicago Cubs have signed starting pitcher Dontrelle Willis to a minor league deal.

Willis will be get a chance to show he can still play at the professional level with the team that originally drafted him back in 2000. Willis' deal includes a minor league camp, but could end up in Major League spring training if he performs well enough.

Willis initially retired last July when he was part of the Baltimore Orioles Triple-A affiliate. In four appearances, Willis posted an 8.53 ERA.

The 29-year-old Willis has not enjoyed much success at the Major League level in quite some time. He hasn't won more than two games in a season since 2007 when he was with the Florida Marlins. But at one time, Willis was one of the best pitchers in baseball. In 2005, Willis went 22-10 with a 2.63 ERA. Since then, he's bounced around the Majors with the Tigers, Diamondbacks, Reds, Phillies, and Orioles.

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