This offseason, the Los Angeles Angels have maintained their focus on acquiring pitching help by any means possible via trade or free agency; with that said, they were smart to part ways with pitcher Jerome Williams.
Williams, who pitched the last three seasons with the Halos, had struggled to be a consistent pitcher on the mound during his tenure with the team. After not playing in the majors for a three-year span, the right-hander joined the Angels in 2011 and was a decent fill-in starter for that season. But since that year, he has been anything but reliable as he has posted back-to-back seasons of ERAs above 4.50.
Williams also played a part in the Angels’ pitching struggles as the team ranked in the bottom half of the league in several important pitching categories. So with the Halos making the decision earlier in the offseason to non-tender Williams, it allowed the team to make moves to acquire starting pitching in promising young arms Hector Santiago and Tyler Skaggs.
With an open starting rotation spot due to Williams’ departure, it will allow the Angels to develop their young arms of the future and strengthen their pitching staff at the same time. Although it is a risky move to go the route of bringing in young and unproven arms to a team that has high expectations year in and year out, it by far is a better option than putting either Williams or Joe Blanton for that matter on the mound every fifth day.
Yes, players like Skaggs, Santiago and Garrett Richards may struggle, but their difficulties on the mound can be worked through as they improve. Ultimately, what it comes down to is the fact that their upside is far greater than either that of Williams or Blanton.