The Houston Astros have agreed to terms on a one-year, guaranteed major league contract with right-hander Jerome Williams, according to multiple baseball sources. The deal is pending a physical, which is expected to take place on Wednesday. The contract also includes performance bonuses.
Last season for the Angels, Williams, 32, posted a record of 9-10 with a 4.57 ERA in 37 games; including a career high 25 starts. He was non-tendered in December and became a free agent.
The consensus among most baseball pundits is that he will be used as a starter by the Astros, slotting into and behind a rotation that already includes Scott Feldman, Brett Oberholtzer, and Jarred Cosart.
The most likely scenario for Williams in my opinion is that he’ll work out of the bullpen as a swingman where he has been more effective. Last season as a reliever he pitched in 31 innings, and finished the season with a 2.35 ERA and 0.98 WHIP.
For his career, he has a lifetime 42-47 record and 4.35 ERA in 155 appearances (117 starts) with the Giants (2003-2005), Cubs (2005-2006), Nationals (2007) and Angels (2011-2013).