Padres add Williams, trade forthcoming?

The signing of Woody Williams on Wednesday and the arbitration given to pitcher David Wells would speak to bigger things than San Diego Padres fans are privy to. Five starting pitchers are already on the roster – and that is without Wells.

On Wednesday, general manager Kevin Towers spoke of how important it was to bring Woody Williams back to San Diego and the agonizing torture of a trade he made with St. Louis back in 2001.

"The worst trade I ever made was trading Woody Williams," Towers conceded.

Williams went 30-28 with the Padres during his three-year tenure with the team. After he was traded to the Cardinals, however, he went 45-22 and earned a spot on the All-Star team in 2003.

Last year wasn't as impressive for the 38 year old right-hander. He went 11-8 with a 4.18 ERA but won two postseason games.

His postseason success was one of many reasons he was brought back into the fold.

"They came up a little short, and hopefully I can be a piece of that puzzle that doesn't allow that to happen again," Williams said.

With age has come savvy. He uses a cut fastball that he pounds inside on righties and has developed a solid changeup to go with a little used curveball. He has a career walks + hits per inning pitched (WHIP) of 1.30 and he has been able to limit mistakes.

What is curious about all of this with the winter meetings coming up and the Padres still talking to David Wells is how the rotation will pan out.

Towers has maintained the want for two lefties in the starting rotation and signing Wells would make that happen coupled with the previous addition of Darrell May. If Wells signs on, the rotation would be six-deep:

David Wells
Jake Peavy
Woody Williams
Brian Lawrence
Adam Eaton
Darrell May

That could leave the Padres thinking trade. Their has been talk of finding a way to part ways with either Ryan Klesko or Phil Nevin and the belief was the Padres would have to package someone else to sweeten a potential deal.

Everyone thought it would be another position player but the tide seems to be changing and perhaps the sweetener will be Lawrence or Eaton.

Lawrence is steady in the rotation, and although he often gives fans a heart attack, he finds a way to win.

Eaton has a boatload of talent but has not been able to harness it properly. Perhaps a change of scenery would benefit the fireballer.

They say you have to give up something to get something and the Padres seem to be positioning themselves for another move. How it shakes out will be determined soon enough.


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