Jerome Williams signs with Astros

Stephen Dunn

Williams gets a guaranteed major-league deal with performance bonuses.

Free agent pitcher Jerome Williams has agreed to a major-league deal with the Houston Astros, according to Chris Cotillo. The contract has performance bonuses, and Williams is schedule to take a physical on Wednesday, also per Cotillo.

It seems like the veteran righty has been around forever, but he just turned 32. He has pitched mainly as a starter over his career, but he also has experience in the bullpen. There is no word yet on what role he will fill for Houston.

Williams was a first-round pick of the Giants in 1999 and made a name for himself as a prospect. He pitched for the Giants, Cubs and Nationals before washing out of the big leagues all together. Williams spent time in independent ball and played a season in Taiwan before signing a minor-league deal with LA in 2011 and rejuvenating his career.

The last three seasons with the Angels, Williams has split time between the rotation and the bullpen posting a below-average ERA of 4.46.

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