Last week, the Phillies were rumored to be in talks with the Athletics about Gio Gonzalez. Yesterday, they traded Ben Francisco for Frank Gailey, a promising left-handed prospect. Today, Jerry Crasnick reports that Phillies are close to signing Dontrelle Willis.
UPDATE: Jim Salisbury confirms the report.
The Phillies have an agreement on one-year deal with Dontrelle Willis, pending a physical, according to source. @jcrasnick reported first
— Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyCSN) December 13, 2011
Let's begin the head scratching: Willis has appeared in only 28 games (26 starts) over the last two seasons, for three teams. He was 3-9 in that timeframe with ERAs of 5.62 and 5.00, respectively.
Inquirer beat reporter Matt Gelb's source says Willis will be a reliever with the Phillies.
Todd Zolecki reports the deal is for under $1 million, plus incentives.
Of course, all of these "reports" are great, but Willis and Shane Victorino all but confirmed the deal on Twitter late last night:
Welcome to town, homie.