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Report: Rangers making progress on deal with free agent right-hander Jerome Williams

Jan 11, 2014, 4:08 PM EDT

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Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the Rangers are “making progress” on a deal with free agent right-hander Jerome Williams. Talks have “intensified” since left-hander Derek Holland suffered a left knee injury which will likely keep him sidelined until midseason.

Williams was non-tendered by the Angels in December after posting a 4.57 ERA and 107/55 K/BB ratio over 169 1/3 innings over 25 starts and 12 relief appearances last season. The 32-year-old had a 4.58 ERA in 15 starts and 17 relief appearances in 2012.

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said yesterday the Holland injury won’t put any pressure on the club to make a move for a “big ticket” starting pitcher, but they are obviously looking for some insurance. As of now, Alexi Ogando, Colby Lewis, Robbie Ross, Nick Tepesch, and Tanner Scheppers are all in the mix for the final two spots in the rotation.

  1. rje49 - Jan 11, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    Hooray! A baseball story NOT about _______

  2. edelmanfanclub - Jan 11, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    Has the progress been affected by Arod’s suspension?

  3. dylanthom2013 - Jan 11, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    But how does A-Rod feel about a Williams signing?

  4. trailbuddy - Jan 11, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    That rotation won’t get the Rangers to the World Series. They need a big time starter.

  5. Ayana Rashed - Jan 12, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    Reblogged this on Imarashed.

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