With the recent injury to starting pitcher Derek Holland, the Texas Rangers are working to fill the void. It appears the Texas Rangers are in talks with Jerome Williams, who was non-tendered by the Los Angeles Angels this past offseason. Nothing is official yet, but it is expected that Jon Daniels and the Texas Rangers will make an official deal in the next few days.
Told #Rangers and Jerome Williams have had conversations. Williams wants chance to start. Looking for one-year deal to re-establish value.
— Drew Davison (@drewdavison) January 11, 2014
The Texas Rangers starting rotation has been one point of interest this offseason. With the acquisition of Prince Fielder, Shin-Soo Choo and Michael Choice, the Rangers bolstered their offense. But, there are still holes with the starting rotation, even with a healthy Derek Holland.
Now, Jon Daniels and the Texas Rangers hope the 32 year old Jerome Williams will be able to fill one of those holes. Williams spent the past 3 years with the Angels. Williams had an ERA of 4.46 and a record of 19-18 while with the Angels 79 games/46 starts.
Last season Williams posted an ERA of 4.57, a record of 9-10, 105 strikeouts, allowed 55 walks and a WHIP of 1.394. It is expected that Jerome Williams will receive a one year deal worth about $2 million and will be the number 5 starter in the rotation.
If you are wondering if the Texas Rangers will make a stronger play for Masahiro Tanaka, it appears the answer is no.
Jon Daniels indicates this will not make club move on “big ticket’ pitcher. (ITanaka.) Look for replacement from within, such as Ross.
— Gerry Fraley (@gfraley) January 10, 2014