Padres extend Williams pact

Woody Williams, the San Diego Padres' pitcher of the year last season, agreed Tuesday to a two-year contract extension through 2003.

Williams, 34, is in his third season with the Padres after coming over in a trade with the Toronto Blue Jays and is 22-21 with a 4.12 ERA in 57 starts with San Diego.

During eight years in the major leagues, he is 50-55 with a 4.23 ERA in 223 games.

"In addition to all he has meant to this team on the field, Woody is a leader in the clubhouse and one of the most community-minded players I've ever been around," Padres general manager Towers said.

Williams, who played six seasons with Toronto, was traded along with pitcher Carlos Almanzar and outfielder Peter Tucci for pitcher Joey Hamilton on Dec. 13, 1998.