Williams has been around the block – the Orioles are his ninth organization. He doesn’t miss bats at all, but he can come in and get you a groundball in a pinch. He’s making $775K, and would likely see a diminshed role in 2007 with all the relievers the O’s imported.
The Mets’ need was brought about by the discovery that Duaner Sanchez will likely miss most of the season. The bullpen was supposed to be a strength; the expectation was that it could compensate if the back of the rotation is lackluster.