Dontrelle Willis Returns To Orioles Organization, Drops Grievance
Dontrelle Willis has dropped his grievance against the Baltimore Orioles, according to ESPN.com.
Willis had filed a grievance against the Orioles with the union after the club put him on the restricted list. Baltimore claimed that Willis had left the team’s Triple-A affiliate without permission, however Willis claimed that he had been given the go ahead by the Norfolk Tides management to leave the club.
Willis was reportedly upset that Baltimore wanted to use him as a reliever and not a starting pitcher. Baltimore had hoped to turn him into a left-handed specialist, however the team has now agreed to allow Willis to pitch as a starter in the minor leagues, according to ESPN.
Last season in 13 games for the Cincinnati Reds he went 1-6 in 13 starts with a 5.00 ERA. His best seasons came from 2003-2006 when he played for the Florida Marlins. In 2003 he was named the National League Rookie of the Year and in 2005 he led the league in wins after going 22-10 with a 2.64 ERA at the age of 23.
Since being traded from the Marlins Willis has been able to make just 40 starts in five years, and has posted an ERA above 6.00.