Dontrelle Willis certainly had his struggles in Detroit. The Diamondbacks are hoping a fresh start in the National League is what he needs. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Tigers Trade Dontrelle Willis To Diamondbacks For RHP Billy Buckner

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Tigers Acquire RHP Billy Buckner For Willis

GM Dave Dombrowski told Steve Kornacki of MLIVE that the Tigers acquired Diamondbacks' RHP Billy Buckner, a former 2nd round pick, and “substantial” cash considerations in exchange for Dontrelle Willis.

Fox Sports’ Jon Morosi confirmed the deal and added that the Tigers are responsible for Willis’ entire salary except the prorated minimum, which is $400,000.

Billy Buckner will be immediately optioned to AAA Toledo. This means the Tigers managed to receive two minor leaguers and $800,000 for their two washed up LHPs whose 2010 contracts equaled $22 million. And, no, Billy Buckner is not related to the infamous Bill Buckner.

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Dontrelle Willis To Diamondbacks, Pending Physicals

The rumors of Dontrelle Willis garnering interest from anyone after a miserable two and a half seasons with the Tigers seemed far-fetched, but the Diamondbacks' interest in him seems every bit of genuine.

According to FanHouse baseball writer Ed Price, a deal is imminent pending physicals.

Source says Dontrelle Willis going from #Tigers to #Diamondbacks pending physicals.

After everything Dontrelle’s been through with the Tigers, it’ll be good for him to get a fresh start in the much stat friendlier National League, where he once thrived.

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Diamondbacks 'Considering' Dontrelle Willis

Dontrelle Willis was designated for assignment by the Tigers on May 30, giving Detroit 10 days to see if he can be traded. If before placing him on waivers. Early on, any chance of that happening seemed highly unlikely considering Willis' struggles with the Tigers and the fact that he will be released if nothing happens during those 10 days, but one team with interest in him has emerged.

The D-backs confirmed that they have interest in acquiring the veteran left-hander, who was designated for assignment by the Tigers this weekend.

"We are at least considering him," D-backs general manager Josh Byrnes said Monday.

That was as far as Byrnes would go, except to say that he has had discussions with Detroit regarding Willis.

The National League seems like the logical destination for Willis, especially when you consider that he's a pretty good hitter. A team like Arizona, which is in need of starting pitching, could make a move to get him, ensuring he doesn't have the option of exploring all options on the open market. I can't imagine there would be a ton of interest in Willis, but all it takes is one other team and the D-backs could lose out on him, so that is why a trade is possible.

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