Williams signed a minor-league contract with the Reds on Friday, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. Williams spent a majority of the 2017 season with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, hitting .263 with a .627 OPS and 30 RBI in 106 games. He also appeared in five contests with the Yankees, going 4-for-17 during his brief opportunity. He will look to latch on with the Reds out of spring training, but will likely begin the year back in Triple-A.
Williams was outrighted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday. Williams was designated for assignment last Thursday but passed through waivers and was not the subject of trade interest, so the Yankees will hang onto him at Triple-A until they need him again. The once hyped prospect's biggest asset is his speed, so perhaps if he can earn a prolonged opportunity in the majors, he can add some stolen bases to desperate mixed-league players. However, even though he's still only 25 years old, he'll need to develop the other pieces of his offensive game to regain momentum for his future.
Williams was designated for assignment Thursday, The New York Post's Joel Sherman reports. Williams was just optioned down to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Monday following 10 days with the Yankees. During his time in the majors, the 26-year-old went 4-for-16 with one RBI and three runs. He has played fine at the Triple-A level this year, but hasn't shown much power with just one home run and 19 RBI in 251 plate appearances. Even though the Yankees are pretty banged up at this moment, there doesn't seem to be a clear role for Williams with the team.
Williams was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday. Williams is the roster casualty with Jacoby Ellsbury (concussion) returning from the DL, but the 25-year-old performed respectably in his five games with the big club, hitting .250 with a pair of steals, an RBI and three runs scored. Regardless, Williams returns to Triple-A, where he owns an awful .243/.289/.275 slash line through 59 games.
Williams is expected to be called up and join the Yankees in Oakland, Sweeny Murti of Sports Radio 66 WFAN reports. This likely means Aaron Hicks (Achilles) is unavailable at least for Friday's game, and the team may place Hicks on the 10-day disabled list to create a roster spot for Williams, though that hasn't been confirmed. Williams may occupy center field or left field on the regular until Jacoby Ellsbury (concussion) returns, which could happen within the next week. Williams has 12 stolen bases in 59 games at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this year but has underwhelmed at the plate (.243/.289/.275 without a home run in 242 plate appearances). He'll offer more fantasy utility in AL-only formats than mixed leagues.