The Astros sign Jerome Williams

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Game. Changer.

 

Or not. I dunno. This is the slowest day of the offseason yet, so I’m reaching for anything.

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.

That’s useful on a 106-loss team, I suppose.

Rockies place Bryan Shaw on 10-day disabled list

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The Rockies placed right-handed reliever Bryan Shaw on the 10-day disabled list with a right calf strain, per an announcement on Sunday. Shaw’s roster spot will be filled by fellow right-hander Yency Almonte, who was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque just one day after getting demoted. No concrete timetable appears to have been set for Shaw’s return to the team just yet.

It’s been a disappointing start to the year for the 30-year-old righty, who is currently working through his first campaign with the club after inking a three-year, $27 million deal last December. Shaw logged a league-leading 41 appearances through the first two and a half months of the 2018 season, but didn’t look nearly as dominant as he had in past seasons after turning in a career-worst 7.57 ERA, 5.0 BB/9 and 8.6 SO/9 over 35 2/3 innings.

Almonte, meanwhile, has fared little better on the mound. The rookie right-hander compiled a 6.27 ERA, 3.3 BB/9 and 6.0 SO/9 in 33 innings at the Triple-A level. In two major league outings, he allowed two runs and struck out one of eight batters faced over two innings.