Giants take a whirl with off­track D-Train

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

SAN FRAN­CISCO — The San Fran­cisco Giants have signed for­mer 20-game win­ner Don­trelle Wil­lis to a mi­nor league con­tract.

The team an­nounced the deal with the Bay Area na­tive Thurs­day. Wil­lis had been des­ig­nated for as­sign­ment by Ari­zona ear­lier this month. In six games with Ari­zona, Wil­lis was 1-1 with a 6.85 ERA and 27 walks in 22 in­nings.

Wil­lis was traded from Detroit to Ari­zona in June. The Tigers are still pay­ing the bulk of his $12 mil­lion salary.

Wil­lis won the NL Rookie of the Year in 2003, made two All-Star teams and won 22 games one sea­son for Florida. He helped the Mar­lins win the World Se­ries in 2003. But he is 13-24 with a 5.81 ERA since the start of the 2007 sea­son.

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