Phillies claim right-hander Jerome Williams from Rangers, expected to start him Tuesday

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From Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer

Two of the worst pitching staffs in baseball jettisoned Jerome Williams this season, but the veteran righthander has found a new home with the pitching-starved Phillies.

On Sunday, they claimed Williams off waivers from Texas. The 32-year-old Hawaiian is expected to start Tuesday against one of his other former teams, the Los Angeles Angels.

That’s the rotation spot that belonged to Roberto Hernandez, who was traded to the Dodgers last week. Sean O’Sullivan filled in Thursday but the Phillies designated him for assignment on Sunday afternoon to clear the roster spot that Williams now occupies.

Williams has posted rough 6.71 ERA in 57 2/3 innings this season between the Astros and Rangers.

Giants making Brandon Belt available

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Giants have made first baseman Brandon Belt available in a trade and says that several teams have expressed interest in him.

Which is kind of weird, really.

Belt turns 31 early next season. He hit .253/.342/.414 with 14 homers over 112 games last year due to a knee injury and time lost to an appendectomy. He has a history of concussions and has averaged only 115 games over the last five seasons. Oh, and makes $48 million over the next three years.

Yes, he could be a very useful player if healthy, but taking on that kind of money, even a part of that money, when many very affordable first base/DH options are out there on the market makes little sense to me. Matt Adams. Justin Bour. Lucas Duda. As good as Belt? No, I don’t think so. But way cheaper and requiring less of a commitment.

But hey, rumors are rumors. Let a thousand flowers bloom.