Former Aces' Pitcher Billy Buckner Traded to Tigers

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Detroit Tigers have traded left-handed pitcher Dontrelle Willis and cash to the Arizona Diamondbacks for right-hander Billy Buckner.

The 28-year-old Willis was designated for assignment on Sunday,
giving the Tigers up to 10 days to make a move with him. He was making $12 million this year.

Willis was 1-2 with a 4.98 ERA this season. The former NL Rookie of the Year and All-Star helped Florida toward the World Series championship in 2003.

Buckner was 0-3 with an 11.08 ERA in three starts for Arizona this season. The 26-year-old righty has spent four years in the majors.

He was the D'Backs Minor League Pitcher of the Year last season. He began this season with the Reno Aces.

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