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Friday, January 12, 2007

MLB: Nationals agree to terms with pitchers Jerome Williams and Brandon Claussen

Bring it to Jerome at the Claussen cutoff…OK, now that that’s out of the way..

The Washington Nationals today added depth to their starting rotation by agreeing to terms with 25 year-old right-handed pitcher Jerome Williams on a one-year contract. The Nationals also agreed to terms on a minor-league contract with left-handed pitcher Brandon Claussen. Nationals Vice President and General Manager Jim Bowden made the announcements.

Repoz Posted: January 12, 2007 at 05:55 PM | 19 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. 1k5v3L Posted: January 12, 2007 at 06:27 PM (#2279488)
Nice gambles. Practically no downside here.

It's nice to see the Nats finally making smart moves under Mike Rizzo
   2. Kyle S Posted: January 12, 2007 at 06:32 PM (#2279492)
These guys are going to be the #2 and #3 starters, right? Who else is there?
   3. Moloka'i Three-Finger Brown (Declino DeShields) Posted: January 12, 2007 at 07:03 PM (#2279515)
2: I'm not sure how much Claussen will be able to do, and when, given the whole rotator cuff thing.

As for the starters, take your pick:

Patterson
Mike O'Connor (might not be back from elbow thing by Opening Day)
Williams
Shawn Hill
Tim Redding
Colby Lewis
Beltran Perez
Jason Simontacchi
Chris Michalak
Joel Hanrahan
Jason Bergmann
Billy Traber
Chief Wiggum
Reginald VelJohnson
That Harvard Chick Who Plagiarized That Other Book

See, plenty of options. ;-)
   4. Kyle S Posted: January 12, 2007 at 07:17 PM (#2279531)
Did Rizzo bring Beltran Perez (or is it Perez Beltran) with him from AZ? I thought i recognized that name from a trade they were involved in, maybe the shawn green or randy johnson deals
   5. DL from MN Posted: January 12, 2007 at 07:23 PM (#2279534)
No TO on the Mulder signing?
   6. Moloka'i Three-Finger Brown (Declino DeShields) Posted: January 12, 2007 at 07:30 PM (#2279542)
5: No, Beltran Perez predates Rizzo's arrival. But I think you're right that he used to be in AZ's system, and I think he was with the Dodgers' organization in 2005.
   7. Moloka'i Three-Finger Brown (Declino DeShields) Posted: January 12, 2007 at 07:31 PM (#2279544)
And after looking it up, Perez was indeed in the Shawn Green trade.
   8. Iwakuma Chameleon (jonathan) Posted: January 12, 2007 at 08:03 PM (#2279581)
Kinda dissapointed we didn't keep Williams after all. The depth wouldn't have hurt.
   9. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 12, 2007 at 08:14 PM (#2279596)
Two guys I wish the Royals had tried to sign. Good work BODES!
   10. 1k5v3L Posted: January 12, 2007 at 08:35 PM (#2279610)
Plenty of garbage went both ways in the shawn green trade.
   11. Randomly Fluctuating Defensive Metric Posted: January 12, 2007 at 08:51 PM (#2279626)
What the hell ever happened to Mike Hinckley?
   12. Moloka'i Three-Finger Brown (Declino DeShields) Posted: January 12, 2007 at 08:58 PM (#2279630)
12: Unfortunately, nothing. He stalled. He hasn't come close to mastering High-A ball. I think he's had a couple of minor arm setbacks, but nothing catastrophic. He's still on the 40-man, but I don't think he's really counted on to be much of anything anymore. At this point, even this organization has come up with plenty of guys to pass him by.
   13. Delino DeShields & Yarnell Posted: January 12, 2007 at 10:16 PM (#2279691)
... get out of your car, cut off your Claussen....
   14. HowardMegdal Posted: January 12, 2007 at 11:06 PM (#2279724)
I have always been a fan of Claussen- he's a nice pickup.
   15. The Most Interesting Man In The World Posted: January 12, 2007 at 11:32 PM (#2279748)
I don't understand why teams have given up on Jerome Williams so quickly recently. Granted his first two organizations were the Giants and Cubs, where if you're not 35, you're not alive, but one would think the A's would have at least tried to hold onto him as AAA fodder.
   16. Danny Posted: January 12, 2007 at 11:36 PM (#2279751)
I don't understand why teams have given up on Jerome Williams so quickly recently. Granted his first two organizations were the Giants and Cubs, where if you're not 35, you're not alive, but one would think the A's would have at least tried to hold onto him as AAA fodder.

Williams is out of options, so I'm guessing he'd take a major league contract on a team without a rotation over accepting an assignment to AAA on a team with a lot of AAAA starters.
   17. The Most Interesting Man In The World Posted: January 12, 2007 at 11:42 PM (#2279756)
Williams is out of options, so I'm guessing he'd take a major league contract on a team without a rotation over accepting an assignment to AAA on a team with a lot of AAAA starters.


Thanks for the 411 - I should have guessed it had something to do with options.
   18. NTNgod Posted: January 13, 2007 at 04:35 AM (#2279875)
WaPo: Nats Sign Two Pitchers At Low Cost (RR)
Williams, 25, signed a split major league/minor league contract that will pay him $500,000 if he spends the entire season with the Nationals. Claussen, 27, signed a minor league contract that will pay him a maximum of $600,000 if he spends the entire season in the majors. Claussen, however, underwent surgery in August to repair a partially torn rotator cuff and is not expected to be ready to pitch until the summer at the earliest.

Williams is 23-24 with a 4.03 ERA in parts of four big league seasons with the Giants and Cubs -- including a 10-7 record in 2004 -- but his ERA has risen each season, and he spent most of last year with Class AAA Iowa, where he went 5-7 with a 4.76 ERA. His number of strikeouts per nine innings has dropped from 6.1 in 2003 to 3.7 last season, and scouts have noted a drop in velocity.

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