Free agent right-hander Jerome Williams is moving towards a decision on where he will pitch in 2014, according to a source familiar with the negotiations. Williams has drawn interest from many teams in both leagues, and seems close to signing.
Williams has drawn interest as a starter from multiple teams, and recent signings seem to point to him receiving a one-year deal worth north of $4 million. Sources point to contracts like Ryan Vogelsong's with the Giants (1 year, $5 million with $2 million in incentives), Roberto Hernandez' with the Phillies (1 year, $4.5 million) and Edinson Volquez' with the Pirates (1 year, $5 million) as benchmarks that Williams could either reach or exceed with his new deal.
Williams, 32, will not return to the Angels, who non-tendered him at the beginning of the month. In 37 games (27 starts) with the team in 2013, he posted a 9-10 record and 4.57 ERA, 5.7 K/9 and 2.9 BB/9. He has shown consistency throughout his career, and seems to be one of the more underrated back-of-the-rotation arms available on the free agent market.