Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Phillies bring back Williams with one-year deal

On Tuesday, right-handed starter Jerome Williams agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Phillies. The new pact also includes undisclosed performance bonuses.

The 32-year-old went 4-2 with a 2.83 ERA in nine starts for the Phils after being claimed off waivers from the Texas Rangers on Aug. 10. A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, Williams allowed two earned runs or fewer in six of his nine starts as the Phillies went 6-3 in those games. He also set a major-league record by beating the Oakland Athletics three times in one season with three different teams (HOU, TEX, PHI). 

A veteran of 10 major league seasons, Williams has pitched for seven different clubs including the San Francisco Giants (2003-05), Chicago Cubs (2005-06), Washington Nationals (2007) and Los Angeles Angels (2011-13). In that time, he has compiled a 48-54 record and 4.40 ERA in 891 1/3 innings over 192 games (128 starts).

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