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Jerome Williams got his wish

Dec 3, 2013, 9:45 AM EDT

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Jerome Williams (or more accurately, mostly his agent) spent the past week talking about how he hoped to be non-tendered by the Angels because he believed other teams would be willing to give him a full-time rotation spot. And he got his wish last night, as they cut him loose rather than keeping the 32-year-old right-hander around for approximately $4 million via arbitration.

Here’s what agent Larry O’Brien told Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times after the move:

Honestly, this could be a blessing in disguise. I believe there are a number of teams that will give him the chance to make 32 starts. Jerome is a horse. He can throw 250 innings. I think he’s going to turn some heads. We’ll find a team that’s going to give Jerome the ball every five days.

Worth noting: Williams has never, in his entire big-league career, started more than 25 games or thrown more than 170 innings in a season.

O’Brien was extremely outspoken in the days leading up to the Angels’ decision, basically saying Williams deserved better than they were going to give him. Of course, he also told various reporters that he’d be shocked if they non-tendered Williams and that’s exactly what they ended up doing. So … mission accomplished. Now we’ll see if he was right about Williams’ potential free agent market.

  1. rdillon99 - Dec 3, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    It was probably just puffery by the agent knowing that being non-tendered was likely going to happen.

  2. km9000 - Dec 3, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Williams was a horse coming out of the bullpen in the first half last year, and really came up big at times. He seemed like a no-brainer to fill in holes in the rotation, but when he finally did, he wasn’t much better than Blanton or Hanson. So I’m not sure why his agent thinks he’ll be so great in that role. But under a better pitching coach, I wouldn’t be surprised if he is.

  3. pkiguy22 - Dec 3, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    See now this is the type of guy I would expect the Twins to go after versus Hughes.

  4. losanginsight - Dec 3, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Looks like the halos are going with a 3 man rotation this year unless they over pay for Garza and Santana.

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