Devin Williams and the Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a one-year contract to avoid arbitration. The All-Star closer will make $3.35 million this upcoming season. MLB Network’s Mark Feinsand, who predicted that the Brewers will make the postseason in 2023, announced the news on Twitter.
The Brewers and Devin Williams have agreed to a $3.35 million deal for 2023 to avoid arbitration, per source.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) January 13, 2023
This is Devin Williams’ first time being eligible for arbitration. The $3.35 million is a substantial raise for Williams who made $714,500 last season. The 2020 NL Rookie of the Year now has two more seasons of arbitration remaining.
For comparison, Josh Hader made $4.1 million in his first season of arbitration. Hader, of course, has one more season of arbitration remaining with the San Diego Padres. They have not come to an agreement yet, but Hader’s market is around $12 million according to Spotrac.
Devin Williams Has Been Excellent for the Brewers
With Josh Hader traded to the San Diego Padres, Devin Williams has stepped in as the Brewers closer. Last season, Williams was an All-Star for the first time in his career. He finished 2022 with a 6-4 record, 1.93 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 2.01 FIP, and 15 saves.
In 2020, his rookie season, Williams won the NL Rookie of the Year and NL Reliever of the Year Awards going 4-1 with a 0.33 ERA, 4-1 record, 0.63 WHIP, and 0.86 FIP.
In 2021, Williams was 8-2 with a 2.50 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 2.82 FIP, and three saves.