The left-hander was traded with Miguel Cabrera to Detroit after the 2007 season. Willis has been with seven other major league organizations since then.
While Gattis’ questionable catcher skills were a big reason he was jettisoned, the presence of prospect Christian Bethancourt was another, and the timing was right to give the 23-year-old the chance in 2015.
“I don’t care, to be honest,” Nathan said. “You know, those guys, to be honest with you, aren’t even on my mind.”
Now he shifts from the silver screen to the baseball diamond for one of his wackiest stunts yet.
Normally, a player entering his sixth full season in the bigs has too much experience for a list like this, but digging deeper, Drew Storen fits here. The Nationals on paper are stacked, with established studs in their rotation from top to bottom and starters set at each position on the field.
A trade is more likely to come midseason, if at all, but the Phillies can feel confident that when the time comes, Ken Giles is waiting in the wings.
As a fan long before he was a player and manager, Ausmus can see how fans might be upset at the recent departures of Scherzer and Suh.
Sometimes it’s best not to mess with a good thing, and Aaron Sanchez in the back end of the Blue Jays’ bullpen near the end of the 2014 season was a very good thing.
“I know who might be, but I’m not sure who it is,” Ausmus said Monday.
Justin Verlander threw two shutout innings in his spring debut as the Detroit Tigers roughed up Shelby Miller and topped the Atlanta Braves’ split squad.