Most in Major League Baseball use the annual Winter Meetings to explore trades and free agent signings, or to just simply network with their colleagues. Eleven-year veteran and former Philadelphia Phillies RHP Jerome Williams, on the other hand, has another motive in mind.
The Phillies claimed Williams off waivers from the Texas Rangers in August 2014 to replace the recently designated Sean O'Sullivan in the rotation. Through 42 appearances and 30 starts in red pinstripes, the right-hander went 8-14 with a 4.84 ERA, 112-51 strikeout-to-walk ratio and 1.458 WHIP spanning 178 1/3 innings.
The Honolulu, Hawaii, native entered free agency in November 2015, in which that offseason he underwent surgery on his Achilles. Williams appeared in 11 games as a reliever with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2016, allowing 11 earned runs and four home runs over 17 1/3 innings.
Despite losing 30 pounds, and throwing regular bullpen sessions and simulated games that offseason, Williams was never able to sign with another Major League club.
Collectively, Williams finished his career with 52 wins, a 4.59 ERA, and 655 strikeouts combined with the San Francisco Giants (three seasons), Los Angels Angels (3), Phillies (2), Chicago Cubs (2), Cardinals (1), Rangers (1), Washington Nationals (1) and Houston Astros (1).