Saturday, April 15, 2006

Marlins Will Stick With Dontrelle Willis

Despite rumors that Dontrelle Willis may be shipped off to the Yankees, the Marlins have reduced annual payroll to a mere $15 million and are under no pressure to dump the 24-year-old Cy Young Award runner-up and his $4.35 million contract. Moreover, with seven rookies in the starting lineup, the Marlins need to keep Willis to project the club as a true major league team, a status that is essential as the team considers moving to San Antonio, Las Vegas, Portland or maybe even extreme longshot Oklahoma City. Expect Willis and star third baseman Miguel Cabrera to finish the year as Marlins, then be targeted to re-sign next year as the team builds for the future.