Angels, Jerome Williams agree to deal
The Angels avoided arbitration with pitcher Jerome Williams on Tuesday, agreeing to terms with the right-hander on a $2-million contract for 2013.
Four other Angels -- pitchers Jason Vargas, Tommy Hanson and Kevin Jepsen and third baseman Alberto Callaspo -- filed for salary arbitration Tuesday and are set to exchange figures Friday. If the team and players can't come to terms, arbitration hearings are scheduled from Feb. 4-20.
Williams, 31, went 6-8 with a 4.58 earned-run average in 32 games, 15 starts, last season, striking out 98 and walking 35 in 137 2/3 innings. Williams is expected to pitch in long relief and serve as a spot starter in case of injury.