The Diamondbacks’ need for pitching may lead them to Dontrelle Willis.
Arizona general manager Josh Byrnes said Monday he has interest the left-handed starter, who was designated for assignment by the Tigers on Sunday, and the Arizona Republic reported the teams have discussed a trade.
Detroit likely would pay most of what’s left of Willis’ $12 million salary for 2010, while Arizona likely would give up a fringe minor leaguer.
Willis’ agent, Matt Sosnick, said Willis would prefer to play in Arizona. He and his family are moving there from Florida.
"He just really likes it there," Sosnick told the Republic’s Nick Piecoro. "He and his wife were looking into buying a house there way before all this happened."
Willis, 28, compiled a 1-2 record and a 4.98 ERA in nine games (eight starts) for Detroit this year. Control remains a major problem for him; he walked 29 batters in 43 1/3 innings.
The Palm Beach Post’s Joe Capozzi reported the Marlins are mildly interested in reuniting with their former star.