Jon Heyman reports that Matt Williams has signed a three-year contract to manage in the KBO League in South Korea. Per Seunghoon Han, Williams will lead the Kia Tigers.
Williams, 53, managed in the majors for two years in 2014-15 with the Nationals, leading them to an aggregate 179-145 (.522) record. They made the playoffs in 2014, getting shooed out of the NLDS three games to one by the Giants.
Williams also coached the Diamondbacks from 2010-13 and in ’16, and was with the Athletics as a third base coach for the last two seasons.
The A’s could lose two other coaches along with Williams. Bench coach Ryan Christenson will reportedly interview for the Pirates’ vacant managerial position while quality control coach Mark Kotsay will do the same with the Giants.
Ken Rosenthal reports that the Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a five-year $15.5 million deal with pitcher Freddy Peralta. There are two club options as well, which would nearly double the overall value of the contract if exercised.
Peralta, who turns 24 in June, has amazing stuff. He has struggled so far, having posted a 4.79 ERA in 163.1 major league innings across two seasons, but people who follow him closely believe that he’s primed for a breakthrough. For now he’s a reliever — he’ll likely be a multi-inning fireman for the 2020 season — but he has was mostly a starter in his rookie year before assuming swingman duties last season. He could become one again if things break right in his development. Sort of a Brandon Woodruff track.
If that happens the Brewers will, quite obviously, have a bargain on their hands. If not, at least Peralta has some security on his.