While the Angels search the Winter Meetings for starting pitching, Jerome Williams celebrates his 31st birthday on Tuesday the 4th. The Angels were expected to tender Williams a contract on Friday and will likely avoid arbitration by signing him for 2013 in the $1.9 million range. Retaining Big Dome Jerome, as nobody calls him, was a debated topic around the Halo-sphere but the righty should at least get an opportunity to compete for a rotation spot with long relief as a logical destination.
Pink Glove J-Will, still not his nickname (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)
Williams started 15 games for the Angels in 2012 but started the season on the DL and landed there again in June. Like most of the Angels rotation, Williams suffered from a bit of home-run-giving-up-itis, a medical condition hopefully being analyzed by Dr. Yokum, by serving up 17 round-trippers in 137.2 innings. The 13.9% HR/FB was 13th worst among pitchers with 130 or more innings. But if his 3.84 xFIP is to be believed, Williams should be better than his 2012 4.54 ERA. Even similar production in 2013 to his 2012 would produce enough value to warrant a $2 million deal. So good for you, Jerome.
For Williams, today isn’t just about stats and roles and cash. Maybe cash. Or at least a gift certificate to Red Lobster. Today is about celebrating with friends and family around a delicious Fudgie the Whale ice cream cake from Carvel. Seriously Carvel, where’s my advertising check? I’ll sell out to Baskin Robbins in a heartbeat.