Source: Phillies give 1-year deal to Willis

Cincinnati Reds starter Dontrelle Willis delivers against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Monday, Sept. 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

December 13, 2011 1:03:32 PM PST
A person familiar with the deal says the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a one-year contract with lefty Dontrelle Willis.

The person, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Tuesday because the deal is pending a physical, says Willis will make about $1 million. The 30-year-old Willis was the 2003 NL Rookie of the Year with Florida and finished second in Cy Young Award voting in 2005. He was 1-6 with a 5.00 ERA for Cincinnati last year.

Oh his Twitter page, Willis tweeted, "With that being said I'm fired up be with the fighting phillies and looking forward to this season #phillies."

Willis is expected to pitch out of the bullpen for the Phillies, who've won five straight NL East titles. He's 72-69 with a 4.17 ERA in nine seasons with four teams. Willis has made just three relief appearances in 205 career games.

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