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Monday, February 03, 2014

Astros sign Jerome Williams

Send it in, Jerome!

The contract! Before they realize its a MLB guaranteed contract!

The Astros will be the fifth team and eighth organization Williams has pitched for in what will be his 11th season as an MLB pitcher. Last season with the Angels, Williams finished 9-10 with a 4.57 ERA and a 4.60 FIP. Williams posted a 0.3 WAR and has never posted a WAR over one since his rookie season in 2003.

When investigating Williams’ track record, it’s not too surprising that general manager Jeff Luhnow is taking a flyer on the 32-year old righty. Williams has a career 48.6 percent groundball rate and has consistently improved his control as his career gone on. Williams also posted a career-high 169.1 innings last season and should at the very least eat up innings if some of the younger options don’t impress for the Astros.

The downsides of Williams include a tendency toward the long ball (23 allowed in 2013) while striking out less than six batters per nine innings throughout his career.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 03, 2014 at 09:59 PM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Meatwad misses Vincennes Posted: February 04, 2014 at 12:18 AM (#4651205)
I remember the day he was traded for latroy hawkins, I was at the cubs game that day and it happened right before it. I was very happy to see hawkins go not even caring who they got.
   2. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: February 04, 2014 at 12:23 AM (#4651207)
The Angles will regret not bringing Jerome back. He's not the greatest, but when you are contemplating running Joe Blanton out there in any role, Williams looks live vintage Mike Witt in comparison. For a team with a glaring hole on the pitching side of the ledger it sure was weird to see them get cheap on a $4 million payday to a serviceable arm willing to start or relieve depending on the needs of the team.

I ####### hate Joe Blanton and all he stands for.
   3. Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: February 04, 2014 at 01:00 AM (#4651210)
I ####### hate Joe Blanton and all he stands for.

He looks more like a 'sitting' than a 'standing' guy.
   4. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: February 04, 2014 at 02:21 PM (#4651518)
He seems like someone the Rays could have used to replace Hellickson.

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