The Cardinals have signed right-handed pitcher Woody Williams to a two-year contract, with an option for a third year. It’s worth a reported $15-million. The signing is a relief to many who thought he would go elsewhere. Williams is a Houston native and he said signing with the Astros for less money was certainly an option. Williams had recently remarked that he was a little concerned that the negotiations weren’t moving fast enough. Last season he was 9-4 with a 2.53 ERA, battling through an injury-plagued season. A big question mark now, is whether or not Andy Benes will return. Benes said yesterday that there was a “real good chance” that he won’t play next season. Benes hinted at retirement last April, only to become the Cardinals best pitcher down the stretch.