At the big league level, the Houston Astros aren’t exactly blowing people away from a talent standpoint, but they’ve reportedly made an investment in 2014 as of Monday.
Source: #Astros agree to deal with Jerome Williams, pending physical.
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) February 3, 2014
The ever-dominant Chris Cotillo (who, by the way, remains in high school) reports that the Astros have signed free agent starter Jerome Williams to a contract. Williams was last seen with the Angels in 2013, when he threw a career-high 169.1 innings over 37 appearances with 25 starts.
The 32-year-old righty doesn’t exactly present a great deal of upside (4.35 career ERA), but he is another veteran arm that will be able to eat some innings for a pitching-starved team in the American League West. If there is a bright spot to Williams, it has been his control in recent years, as he has posted back-to-back campaigns (and over 300 combined innings) with a walk rate less than 3 per 9 innings.
At one point in time, Williams was a high-impact prospect coming up in the National League, but at this stage, this is a pure depth move for Houston, even if it is one that I would wholeheartedly endorse. The best is yet to come for the Astros, and Williams will hold a place until the real talent arrives.