Retire in Peace Woody Williams

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Woody Williams was released by the Astros today in a move that should impact exactly zero of the millions of fantasy baseball owners worldwide.

Even if you were in a 30 team league, I still don’t think Woody Williams is a guy you draft. Williams’ 14 year career stats aren’t very impressive. Of those 14 years, in only 3 or 4 of them would he have been worth drafting: 1998, 2000, 2003 and maybe 2001 or 2002 for the half a year he played – at least after he was traded to the Cardinals he was good for those 75 innings. If you were going to pick a guy with a career 4.20 ERA and 1.32 WHIP, who only strikes out 6 guys per 9 innings, you better be sure that he’s going to pick up either 20 wins or 35+ saves (like Todd Jones: Save Machine).

Woody should settle down take the $6.5 million that the Astros owe him and play half the season at AAA before faking an injury, then sit on the couch eating some chips and retire in October. Not even addressing fantasy, he got battered last year and this spring. Stick a fork in him. I’d rather have Mike Pelfrey tipping pitches in my 5th slot of the rotation than Williams.

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