3:47pm: According to the AP, Williams plans to retire rather than scavenge for another job.
10:36am: According to Joseph Duarte of the Houston Chronicle, the Astros released 41 year-old starter Woody Williams. The Astros will pay Williams $6.5MM to not play for them. It’s good to see Ed Wade looking at Williams as a sunk cost, opting for a better pitcher in Chris Sampson.
Williams joins guys like Russ Ortiz, John Thomson, Jeff Weaver, and David Wells in the free agency ranks.