Jerome Williams’ comeback was complete when he returned to the majors and got people to call him the right name, but now he’s getting a big-league contract too.
Rather than potentially non-tender Williams the Angels have signed him to a one-year deal worth $820,000 upfront and another $120,000 in possible incentives, avoiding arbitration with the 30-year-old right-hander.
Williams went 4-0 with a 3.68 ERA in 44 innings down the stretch for the Angels in his first MLB action since way back in 2007, but his K/BB ratio was an underwhelming 28/15 and he served up six homers. He’ll compete for the fifth-starter job in an otherwise stacked rotation.
No surprise here: Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for the Red Sox, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. The Red Sox open the season on March 29 in Tampa Bay against the Rays. Sale will oppose Chris Archer.
Sale, 28, is the fifth different Opening Day starter the Red Sox have had in as many years, preceded by Rick Porcello, David Price, Clay Buchholz, and Jon Lester. Sale started on Opening Day for the White Sox in 2013, ’14, and ’16.
Sale finished second in AL Cy Young Award balloting last year and finished ninth for AL MVP. He went 17-8 with a 2.90 ERA and a 308/43 K/BB ratio in 214 1/3 innings. Sale and Clayton Kershaw (2015) are the only pitchers to strike out 300 or more batters in a season dating back to 2003.