Brewers renew Devin Williams’ contract

The Brasseurs will renew the right-hander’s contract Devin Williams for the 2022 season, Will Sammon of Athletics reports. Club President of Baseball Operations David Stearns commented on the decision saying, “We understand that players have the right to take a renewal and we look forward to seeing Devin continue to make important contributions to our team this season..”

As standard practice, teams agree to contract terms with all of their pre-arbitration players, although there are usually not many real negotiations that take place since pre-arbitration players have no leverage. to demand big raises above the minimum wage. . Most teams have formulas in place that award raises to pre-arb players based on seniority or particular accomplishments, although this can usually amount to a relatively small amount of extra money (perhaps a bonus $10,000 or $20,000).

If a player does not accept the salary offered by the team, the team can still give that same salary to the player, but via a renewal rather than an “agreement”. This is essentially a token gesture indicating that the player disagrees with the team’s proposed number, and it does not affect Williams’ status with the Brewers. Over the years, a number of high-profile cast members have opted for renewals over regular deals, and Williams now joins that list of notable names.

Williams earned $681,100 last season, after a stellar 2020 campaign that saw him earn NL Rookie of the Year honors and finish seventh in voting for the NL Cy Young Award. If this season had been played under the terms of the new collective bargaining agreement, Williams would have received a significantly higher 2021 salary, according to the new $50 million bonus pool for pre-arbitration players and the additional money allocated to the players. awards – top two finishers in the ROY ballot, top five for the MVP or Cy Young ballot, and a spot in the All-MLB first or second team.

2022 is Williams’ final pre-offer season, as the reliever is slated for three arb years before becoming eligible for free agency after the 2025 season. refereeing, he is also the type of player whose true worth is not accurately reflected by the traditional tally statistics preferred by umpires in the tiebreakers. Williams’ 42.9% strikeout rate or 1.78 ERA in 2020-21 might be somewhat belied by his lack of saves, as Josh Hader (himself a dominant reliever) remains closest to Milwaukee.

With Hader still prevalent in the trade market, however, Williams would appear to be the natural heir to the job of closest should the Brewers indeed choose to send Hader elsewhere. Williams would also seem like a logical candidate for a contract extension, if the Brew Crew wanted to get some cost certainty in Williams’ arb years (as if a new, closer role meant a big boost in savings) and at least one or two of his free agent years.

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