Williams signed a minor-league contract with the Orioles on Friday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. After being released by the Reds during spring training, Williams found a new home with the Orioles at Triple-A Norfolk. In 2018, the outfielder appeared in 51 games for the Reds, posting a slash line of .293/.331/.398 to go along with two home runs and six RBI. It's possible the organization could wind up giving Williams some opportunities at the major-league level, but he'll need to improve his hitting across the board in order for that to occur.
Williams was among 12 players sent by the Reds to their minor league camp on Tuesday. Though Williams played 51 games with the big club last season, he signed a minor-league deal this offseason and never really had a chance to make the Opening Day roster following the trade that brought Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp over from the Dodgers.
Williams signed a minor-league contract with the Reds on Wednesday, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports. Williams appeared in 51 games for the Reds in 2018, slashing .293/.331/.398 with two homers and six RBI in 132 plate appearances. The 27-year-old will likely spend the year as organizational outfield depth.
Williams was outrighted to Triple-A Louisville on Friday. Dilson Herrera was also outrighted to Louisville, which will allow the Reds to protect two younger prospects from the Rule 5 draft by adding them to the 40-man roster. Williams played in 51 games for Cincinnati this past year, hitting .293/.331/.398 with two home runs and six RBI in 132 plate appearances.
Williams went 3-for-3 with three singles Saturday during the Reds' 3-0 win over the Pirates. He was also caught stealing. Williams' three hits brought his slash line up to .298/.336/.405 with two homers for the 2018 season. Combined with his .280/.341/.418 line at Triple-A Louisville -- his fourth season at the level -- it shows the 27-year-old isn't a significant power threat. Contact and the possibility for double-digit stolen bases fuel any chance he'd have at earning at least part-time starting duties in the bigs. He might chip his way into a roster spot with Cincinnati or another club next season and remains a long-term watch candidate in many deep fantasy games.