The Pittsburgh Pirates designated right-handed pitcher Trevor Williams for assignment on November 20th. On Wednesday he cleared waivers and was assigned to Triple-A Indianapolis. On Friday, Williams declared free agency, officially ending his time with the Pirates.
— John Dreker (@JohnDreker) November 28, 2020
Williams debuted with the Pirates in 2016 and had a 4.43 ERA, a 4.57 FIP, a 1.34 WHIP and a 416:177 SO/BB ratio in 534.2 innings during his five seasons. His best year came in 2018 when he made 31 starts, posting a 3.11 ERA in 170.2 innings. He saw his ERA rise to 5.38 in 145.2 innings in 2019 and then to a 6.18 mark in 55.1 innings this season, while allowing a league leading 15 homers. After making $2,825,000 last year, he would have been due for a raise in arbitration this year, which is why he cleared waivers. At 28 years old, with somewhat recent success, he should be able to land a Major League deal this winter.