On June 1, 2010 the Arizona Diamondbacks announced a trade with the Detroit Tigers. Arizona would send right-handed pitcher Billy Buckner to the Tigers in exchange for left-handed pitcher Dontrelle Willis. Given Willis’ struggles with his control problems a lot of baseball fans were left scratching their heads at the trade.
Arizona was in dire need of finding a starting pitcher who could step into a spot that they had hoped would be filled with the surgically repaired Brandon Webb. Buckner had been inconsistent at best and it was hoped that a change of scenery would benefit both players.