The Tigers have rumored to have given Dontrelle Willis a three year, $29 million contract extension. More on this tonight.
Alright, I’ve had some time to digest the extension and my initial thought is that it’s a good thing. You have a solid pitcher with a pedigree (that 2005 season has to have Tigers salivating) and while his worst season was just this past season, it is a bit of an outlier. At $10 million per, it looks expensive but not if you look at what inferior pitchers like Carlos Silva are going for.
I’m working on the Tigers section for the Hardball Times Season Preview 2008 and while I won’t be writing up Willis, I’ve seen his projections and while I can’t go into details, if he hits the projection, then the deal won’t look that bad.