D'Backs designate Dontrelle Willis for assignment

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Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse reports that the Diamondbacks have designated left-hander Dontrelle Willis for assignment.

Really, it’s about time.  D-Train completely failed as a starter for Arizona, allowing 14 earned runs and 27 walks in 21.1 innings (five starts).  He was moved to the bullpen at the end of June and allowed three earned runs in one relief outing.

Willis could make it through waivers unclaimed and return to the Diamondbacks’ Triple-A affiliate, or perhaps another organization will give him a shot. 

Either way, the struggles will almost certainly continue.  The southpaw has a 5.62 ERA and a 1.95 WHIP in 65.2 total innings this season, along with a hideous 47/56 K/BB ratio.

The D’Backs acquired Dontrelle from the Tigers on June 1 for right-hander Billy Buckner, who has a 7.47 ERA, a 1.92 WHIP and an 18/13 K/BB ratio at Triple-A Toledo.

Twins will not pick up Glen Perkin’s 2018 option

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The Twins have informed reliever Glen Perkins they will not pick up his 2018 club option worth $6.5 million, MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports. Instead, he will be paid $700,000 per his buyout clause.

Perkins, 34, has pitched a total of 7 2/3 innings over the last two seasons due to shoulder and biceps injuries. Bollinger adds that the two could come to terms on a minor league deal, but if they can’t reach an agreement, the lefty is likely to retire.

From 2011-15, Perkins emerged as one of the better relievers in baseball, making three All-Star teams. He compiled an aggregate 2.84 ERA with 340 strikeouts and 73 walks across 313 1/3 innings.