However, they wouldn’t have won 101 games like they did if it wasn’t for Trevor Williams.
The long reliever provided some important innings and, particularly, some valuable cover when the Mets’ injury-prone rotation was affected.
He made nine starts and relieved 21 times, accumulating 89.2 innings of a great 3.21 ERA.
His excellent performance earned him a multi-year contract.
“Source: The Nationals are signing RHP Trevor Williams to a 2-year deal. 30-year-old bounced between rotation and bullpen this season with Mets, posting a 3.21 ERA and 1.227 WHIP across 89.2 IP. Could wind up as Nats’ No. 5 starter or long reliever,” Nats insider Mark Zuckerman tweeted.
Source: The Nationals are signing RHP Trevor Williams to a 2-year deal. 30-year-old bounced between rotation and bullpen this season with Mets, posting a 3.21 ERA and 1.227 WHIP across 89.2 IP. Could wind up as Nats' No. 5 starter or long reliever.
— Mark Zuckerman (@MarkZuckerman) December 9, 2022
Williams Has A Lot To Give The Nationals In 2023
Williams is still just 30, so he is theoretically in his prime.
He will probably not contend with the Washington Nationals this year, but will help them be decent at least in the first half.
The team finished the 2022 campaign with just 55 wins, the fewest in all baseball, so any potential upgrades are welcomed.
If the Nationals are still a mess come the trade deadline and Williams is pitching well, there is a good chance a contender will come calling to Washington’s offices with an interest to pry him away from the nation’s capital.
In any case, Williams pitched well in 2022 and has been a decent innings eater/long reliever for most of his career.
He has a 4.27 career ERA in more than 700 frames.
It’s a sneaky good signing and sends a good message to fans: the Nats are a young, inexperienced team but also intend to improve via free agency.