Gamble on Dontrelle?

Dontrelle Willis, he of the high leg kick and two all-star apperances, was arrested last night on the charge of driving under the influence.  He’s free on $1,000 bond.  No word on how much it will cost him to get his Bentley out of impound.  So he’s not the sharpest guy, driving his Bentley around at 4:30 in the morning liquored out of his gourd, peeing in the street, but he sure can pitch.

Pete Abraham thinks New York should offer Melky and Sachez for Willis.  The rallying cry of "Don’t trade Melky!" comes up whenever his name is dangled, and I’m usually inclined to agree.  However, it’s never been in conjunction with a pitcher of this caliber.  Dontrelle’s nickname obviously has a nifty tie-in with the Stadium, and everyone makes mistakes.  I have this nagging doubt in my mind that Dontrelle would be too much of a risk.  Last season was a considerable degradation in performance from the year prior, but maybe he’s due for a rebound.  His enthusiasm for the game is positively contagious.  Then again, that’s what I said about Melky.  What say you?

10 comments… add one
  • This of course hinges on Florida even being open to the idea of parting with Willis. Those notoriously free-spenders in Miami paid 4.3 million to Willis last year, astronmical money considering the fact the whole team was paid 14 million. Miguel Olivo, the second-highest contract on the team, made 700,000. Miguel Cabrera? Third at 472,000. That’s criminal.
    In the negotiations so far, rumor has 6 million being somewhere around what Florida is offering.

    attackgerbil December 22, 2006, 1:35 pm
  • my gut reaction is do it now! but when i actually think about it i don’t know. his performance last year was not very good, but I also read that he felt like he had to carry that team and pressed too much. who knows.
    this is why i could never be a GM. i would never know what decision is right… i’d just get flustered, make a move, regret it, then sob in a corner as the media destroys me.

    m.g. yanks fan December 22, 2006, 2:19 pm
  • Time and again I’ve heard that the Marlins are not about to trade Willis to anybody, for anybody.
    Now, obviously everyone has a price, but why in the world would the Marlins trade an ace caliber pitcher for a corner outfielder who didn’t even slug .400? Look what they got (and to them, got rid of) from the Sox for Josh Beckett. Trading for a pitcher with that much talent is a little more difficult than looking at your organization and offering up what you can most easily do without.

    Vic SF December 22, 2006, 2:40 pm
  • Lar December 22, 2006, 2:46 pm
  • Melky is 22. Power will come, and hopefully the patence too. His defense is suppose to be good, along with his speed..
    I don’t like Willis too much though, but in this pitching staff there shouldn’t be heavy expectations on him, so maybe it’ll work out, along with playing for a playoff-bound team..

    Lar December 22, 2006, 2:49 pm
  • My thoughts on solving the crowded OF problem.

    TJ Sox Fan December 22, 2006, 3:09 pm
  • Why not wait till he’s a free agent, and outspend everyone to get him, one of the things the Yankees are best at? Then you’ll have all 3.
    Though honestly, I’d rather have Carlos Zambrano.

    Andrew December 23, 2006, 12:35 am
  • Three problems:
    1) The Marlins repeatedly say they don’t want to trade Willis (I’m teaching at the University of Miami this semester, and read the Herald).
    2) Looks like we don’t have Melky anymore.
    3) I’ll miss Melky. The team may miss him too. Sometimes you need some young guys to spark the old guys.

    john December 23, 2006, 9:28 am
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