Phillies re-sign Jerome Williams for $2.5 million

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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.

Tyson Ross opts out of 2020 season

Tyson Ross opts out
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On Monday, Nationals pitcher Joe Ross became one of four players to opt out of the 2020 season due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. On Thursday, Joe’s brother Tyson Ross opted out of the 2020 season as well, per Jon Heyman.

Ross, 33, is currently a free agent. He racked up 35 1/3 disappointing innings for the Tigers last year, posting a 6.11 ERA with 25 strikeouts and 18 walks.

Mike Leake, Ryan Zimmerman, and Ian Desmond are the three other players to have opted out of the 2020 season thus far. None of these players are considered “high risk,” so they are forgoing their salaries and service time.