Friday, January 12, 2007
Nationals sign Ps Jerome Williams, Brandon Claussen
WASHINGTON -- The Washington Nationals signed
once-promising pitchers Jerome Williams and Brandon Claussen on
Williams, a 25-year-old righthander, signed a one-year contract
at undisclosed financial terms. Last season, he was 0-2 with a
7.30 ERA in just five appearances for the Chicago Cubs before
being sent to the minor leagues and ultimately waived.
A 1999 first-round pick, Williams is 23-24 with a 4.03 ERA in 70
career games, including 65 starts, over four seasons with San
Francisco and Chicago.
Claussen, a 27-year-old lefthander, was signed to a minor league
deal. In August, he had surgery to repair a small tear in his
left rotator cuff.
Once a top prospect, Claussen has spent four seasons in the big
leagues, going 16-27 with a 5.04 ERA in 58 starts for the New
York Yankees and Cincinnati, where he spent the last three
campaigns. Last year, he was 3-8 with a 6.19 ERA in 14 starts.
The Nationals also named Lee Kuntz athletic trainer Friday.
Kuntz spent the last four seasons as minor league rehabilitation
coordinator for the Cleveland Indians.