He was absolutely terrible last year. It'll be interesting to see if Willamson is still on the roster opening day.
Excerpt from mlb.com regarding Williamson:
"Theo and I had a long talk. I talked with Terry Francona as well. I talked to my wife and my agent. I came to the realization that what I wanted most was to win, and the best opportunity to do that is Boston," Williamson said. "Sure I was disappointed at first (about not closing). But Foulke is a premier closer. To have someone like that on our team, it can only help us win."
Williamson will now have a chance to get settled in Boston, something that was hard to do when he was acquired late last July from the Reds just after the birth of his son.
That was a hectic period of time for Williamson. Getting traded from the only Major League home you've ever known is stressful enough. But Williamson underwent that transformation as his wife Lisa was in and out of the hospital because of post-pregnancy complications.
And a few weeks later, his son Scott Reese -- the couple's first child -- wound up in the hospital and underwent a spinal tap.
Needless to say, the unsettled family life had a negative impact on Williamson (0-1, 6.20 in 24 outings) when he took the mound for his new team.
But things have a way of working themselves out. His son was released from the hospital with a clean bill of health and his wife stopped experiencing high blood pressure.
At that point, Williamson needed a few days to process everything that had transpired over a whirlwind couple of months. Once he did, thanks in large part to lengthy chats with pitching coach Tony Cloninger and Epstein, it was time for the playoffs.
"I had some issues there with my family and getting traded," said Williamson, who has had a peaceful offseason. "My wife was in and out of the hospital. My son had the spinal tap. I felt like I couldn't be there for my wife and son. It was tough to go out there and pitch. I never really had that happen to me before. It was all kind of new and hitting me in the face at one time. Tony Cloninger and Theo really put me over the hump, and got me to where I was in the playoffs."