Cubs can’t keep wasting starts on Trevor Williams
With the Cubs being in a highly competitive division race, they simply cannot afford to have Williams bogging them down like he is now. The team needs to figure out a way to get some kind of value out of him or cut their losses. While DFAing him may be the most simple and practical solution, the front office may be wise to move Williams to the bullpen.
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While Williams’ pitch inefficiency is something that can’t be afforded while in the rotation, it may be something that works for him out of the bullpen. He has been able to put together a solid season in terms of strikeouts, and that’s something that may be an asset to the Cubs if they tried to make him a one-inning reliever where he won’t have to worry about his pitch count and he can simply focus on getting out whoever he’s facing.
The drawback to this, however, is that Williams likely doesn’t have the stuff to be a valuable reliever. While he has been getting strikeouts, that’s something most of the Cubs relievers have done well, and bullpen depth simply isn’t something the Cubs are lacking at the moment.
With this in mind, a DFA for Williams is what makes the most sense for the Cubs if he doesn’t figure it out in the rotation. Williams has simply not been what everyone hoped he could be this year, and it’s beginning to really become an issue for the club.
The veteran should have a very short leash as far as his performances go from now on as he could potentially cost the Cubs too many games down the stretch if he doesn’t get any better. With guys like Keegan Thompson and Alec Mills already in the majors, or even guys like Shelby Miller or Kohl Stewart down in Iowa, the Cubs should have no shortage of options to replace Williams in the rotation should they decide to move on from the struggling starter.