The December 2nd, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Williams wants to be non-tendered, wondering why Moreno won't pay the luxury tax and much more...
The Monkey Says: He will probably get his wish. Williams is not a real candidate for the Angel rotation, so his projected arbitration salary of just under $4 million is too expensive for them to hold onto with Williams serving as a long reliever. It isn't entirely impossible that some other team will find that price tag reasonable and trade a throwaway prospect for Williams so that they don't have to compete for him in free agency. He'd be an ideal target for a rebuilding club like the Astros who have some payroll to spend and need a guy to eat innings.
The Monkey Says: I hate it when I agree with Jeff Miller, but he is spot on. As I've written previously. The Angels could get away with paying the luxury tax in 2014 and have a relatively easy time getting back under the tax line in 2015, thus avoiding the harsher repeat offender penalty.