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Rangers sign Jerome Williams

Jul 11, 2014, 4:52 PM EDT

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Released earlier this week by the Astros, right-hander Jerome Williams has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Rangers.

Texas is always in need of pitching depth thanks to this season’s seemingly never-ending injuries and Williams has generally been a decent back-of-the-rotation starter or long reliever before struggling for Houston this year on a one-year, $2.1 million contract.

Prior to posting a 6.04 ERA in 26 relief appearances for the Astros he had a combined 4.46 ERA in 351 innings from 2011-2013 split between the Angels’ rotation and bullpen. For now he’ll head to Triple-A.

  1. beefytrout - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    He’ll be the 43rd starting pitcher the Rangers use before we know it.

  2. markofapro - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    Man, we are SO bad.

  3. simon94022 - Jul 11, 2014 at 11:03 PM

    The baseball hierarchy in Texas has really been upended this year. The Astros have a better record and a more promising future than the Rangers. And now the Rangers are eating scraps thrown from Houston’s table.

  4. rangermania - Jul 11, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    JD has lost it and is flailing in the wind. 2.1 nil for a loser sent to AAA? JD has become a bottom feeder. We definitely need new management for this dysfunctional club.

  5. txraiderfan - Jul 13, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    Williams has always been better as a starter. Of course, “better” is relative.

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