After pitching terribly for the Astros and Rangers to begin the season journeyman right-hander Jerome Williams was claimed off waivers by the Phillies and started nine games with a 2.83 ERA for Philadelphia.
That was apparently enough to convince general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. that he was worth keeping around for 2015, as the Phillies have signed Williams to a one-year, $2.5 million contract with another $1.5 million in potential incentives.
Williams has pitched for seven different MLB teams in nine seasons, posting a combined 4.40 ERA in 891 career innings. That includes ERAs of 4.58, 4.57, and 4.77 during the past three years and just once since 2004 has he posted an ERA below 4.00. At age 33 he’s strictly a back-of-the-rotation starter.