Fri Dec 16 06:04am EST
When the season ended abruptly for the Philadelphia Phillies, fans of the team feared that shortstop Jimmy Rollins could have played his last game with the team. Now a free agent, Rollins has had some interest from the Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals, but both of those teams went in other directions. A rumor has surfaced that Rollins could head to the Detroit Tigers, but CBS Sports has shot that one down.
Now the Phillies sign pitcher Dontrelle Willis, an old friend to Rollins, to be the team's lefty specialist out of the bullpen. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Rollins and Willis "grew up in the same town, attended the same high school and both had mothers who played professional softball."
From the sound of it, the signing may help the Phils land Rollins, who is running out of options, anyway: "He was probably more excited about the deal than I was," Willis said of Rollins, the paper reports.