Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Dontrelle Willis Inked Yet Still Could Be Traded

Marlins ace Dontrelle Willis' new $6.45 million contract allows Florida to keep him for at least another year, but still the team has issued no guarantees that Willis' hefty price can continue to be absorbed by the cash-strapped team.

Willis' new rate of compensation represents a 45 percent increase, with raises for third baseman Miguel Cabrera and other players promising to bust the team's $15 million 2006 team budget. Even though Willis would be an ideal draw once the team builds a new ballpark, the temptation will be great to deal him for prospects if the team falls from contention by late July.