Scott Williamson
42-Year-Old PitcherRP
 Free Agent  
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$Signed a minor league contract (NRI) in Jan. 2009.
PDetroit Tigers  
April 27, 2009
The Tigers released Williamson from Triple-A Toledo on Sunday, the Detroit Free Press reports.
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The move was made to clear a roster spot for Eddie Bonine, who was demoted following the Tigers' activation of Joel Zumaya.
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Williamson has not pitched well in either of the past two seasons, but could still be on the mend from 2004 Tommy John surgery. A sign of hope is that he had more strikeouts (65) than innings pitched (59) in 2005 and 2006, despite a high ERA. Nonetheless, Williamson missed most of September with a shoulder impingement and bone chips in his elbow and might need offseason surgery. He signed with Baltimore and is expected to pitch in middle relief, assuming that he is healthy.
Williamson's 23/6 K/BB ratio in 14 1/3 IP for the Cubs last season is a good indication that he's all the way back from 2004 Tommy John surgery. With the offseason signings of Bobby Howry and Scott Eyre, Williamson's role with the Cubs is unclear, and GM Jim Hendry has been looking to deal him. Health permitting, Williamson could make a very good setup man and even a potential closer for another team.
Williamson was limited by a forearm/elbow injury that was first diagnosed as a ruptured tendon, but later was deemed less serious and merely in need of rest. He eventually had elbow surgery and that clouds his value entering 2005. When healthy last season, he pitched well for Boston, but the injury raises flags. Most teams will likely back off until he proves he's completely healthy. Williamson could turn out to be someone's bargain closer if healthy, but don't expect more than a half-season worth of work due to his balky elbow.
Williamson became the Red Sox closer during the playoffs and proved to be very effective. Yet, the team signed Keith Foulke this winter. As a result, he won't get many saves this year but could be an effective setup man.
Williamson, who is fully back from Tommy John Surgery, ended the 2002 season as the Reds closer, with Danny Graves moving into the starting rotation. If the Reds can sign Williamson (not an idle concern – they played hardball with him in 2002, in his first season of arbitration eligibility), he'll begin the 2003 season as the closer. Williamson's future success hinges upon his ability to remain healthy. Many scouts have commented that Williamson's delivery leaves him vulnerable to future elbow troubles.
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PDetroit Tigers  
April 1, 2009
Williamson was assigned to minor league camp on Wednesday, the Detroit Free Press reports.
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PDetroit Tigers  
March 23, 2009
Williamson has had a scoreless outing in seven of his eight appearances this spring, the Detroit News reports.
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PDetroit Tigers  
February 13, 2009
Williamson said he feels completely healthy for the first time since 2004, the Detroit News reports.
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PDetroit Tigers  
January 24, 2009
The Tigers and Williamson agreed to a minor league contract on Saturday, the Associated Press reports.
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PSeattle Mariners  
January 23, 2009
The Tigers are working on a minor league deal with Williamson, the team's official site reports.
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