For three seasons, Jerome Williams was a moderately valuable swing-man for the Los Angeles Angels, taking the ball whenever called upon as both a starter and a reliever. On Monday, Williams found a new home, inking a one-year deal with the Houston Astros, according to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish.
Source: #Astros agree to deal with Jerome Williams, pending physical.
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) February 3, 2014
Cotillo follows-up that tweet with another stating that Williams deal is a one-year, guaranteed Major League deal, with an incentive-laden structure. Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle adds that the Astros signed Williams to join their starting rotation, which currently includes Scott Feldman, Brett Oberholtzer, Jared Cosart, and a mix of Brad Peacock, Dallas Keuchel, Lucas Harrell, Paul Clemens, and Collin McHugh.
Williams, 32, is an 8-year veteran of the game and will bring that approach to a decidedly young Astros squad. In a career-high 37 appearances and 169.1 innings last season, Williams posted a 9-10 record with a 4.57 ERA and a 5.7 K/9 ratio. Over the course of his career, he has made 155 appearances (117 starts) with four teams, posting a 42-47 record, a a 4.35 ERA, and a 5.7 K/9 ratio.
The Angels will now likely turn to Joe Blanton as their swing-man in 2014, although the team could still look to find another option on the market.