The Orioles infielder was psyched when he heard that the O’s had acquired lefty Dontrelle Willis. Andino and Willis were teammates in Miami (Florida then) between 2005-2007.
“He’s a great guy in the clubhouse, a good veteran,” Andino told Roch Kubatko at MASNSports.com. ”He knows how to have fun, how to be a leader. Me being a position player and him being a pitcher, he’s one of the few that I look up to – just being a leader and being a veteran. I think it’s great.”
Andino told Roch that when Willis was in the Marlins lineup he used to hit ninth. Willis has a career .244 batting average and went 12 for 31 with three doubles a triple and home run with the Reds in 2011.
I’m liking this acquisition more and more. The Orioles plan on using D-Train as a lefty specialist and he’s a proven starter that could jump in as a spot starter when needed.