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Houston Astros Sign Jerome Williams

According to Chris Cotillo (MLB Daily Dish) the Houston Astros have signed former Angels SP/RP Jerome Williams.

Williams, 32, was a first round pick in 1999 and has spent his last three seasons in Los Angeles with the Angels. During the 2013 season, Williams amassed a 4.57 ERA in 169.1 innings pitched. Williams started 25 games and came out of the bullpen in 12 other ones, and finished the season with a 0.4 WAR. Williams pitched 7 innings of 1-run ball against the Astros last season. The Astros 40-man roster is currently full, but they will have until Wednesday to make a corresponding move.

It’s too early to tell where Williams fits in with the Astros. The Astros have several candidates to fill out the bottom two spots of their starting rotation. Adding Williams to the mix should intensify the competition but it won’t be much of an improvement. Evan Drellich (Houston Chronicle) notes the Astros plan to use Williams as a starter, though he is capable of being a reliever as well.

To me, this seems like a “meh” signing. Don’t hate it, after all it’s not my money, but I prefer seeing a 24-year old starting pitcher fail, rather than a 32-year old go out and give up 3-4 runs in 6-7 innings. But hey, that’s why I’m sitting here blogging about it instead of in the office with Mr. Luhnow.

If you’re reading this Jeff, I am semi-available!

 

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