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.

More from SB Nation MLB:

Brisbee: Super Bowl champ Russell Wilson heads to spring training

Grapefruit League reporting dates | Cactus League

Jarred Cosart's "idiots" are actually quite reasonable

Will the Yankees make the playoffs in 2014?

2014 MLB salary arbitration tracker

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.