Texas Rangers close to deal with Jerome Williams


Sep 26, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher

Jerome Williams

(57) throws during the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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 Jerome Williams is signed, it appears the starting rotation could be Yu Darvish, Matt Harrison, Martin Perez, Alexi Ogando, and Jerome Williams.

If you are wondering if the Texas Rangers will make a stronger play for Masahiro Tanaka, it appears the answer is no.

Robbie Ross did play in the Dominican Winter League and had several quality starts after a rough start.  Read more about Robbie Ross here