Saturday, March 29, 2008
The Astros put Woody Williams on unconditional release waivers Saturday, and will likely pay him 6.5 million dollars-his entire salary. Williams was 8-15 with a 5.27 ERA last season and had an 11.32 ERA in spring training this year. Players like Lance Berkman question the decision: "Possibly a bit premature," he said. "The game is completely different in the regular season than it is in spring training, especially from a guy like Woody who has been around the block a few times." Once he clears waivers he can be picked up by another team, but I think he will just retire. In fifteen major league seasons, Williams has spent time with the Blue Jays, Cardinals, Padres, and Astros going 132-116 with a 4.19 ERA.