Williamson is suing the Giants over the concussion he suffered back in 2018, which he says, "ended [his] career," Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Williamson alleges the Giants created a dangerous work environment by having bullpen mounds on the field, a setup which caused him to trip and hit his head on a wall. He still has symptoms such as blurred vision. The fact that Williamson considers his career to be over is significant, as he hadn't officially announced his retirement. Williamson is a 30-year-old with a .203/.282/.348 career slash line in 160 big-league games.
The Nationals released Williamson on Monday, Brittany Ghiroli of The Athletic reports. After finishing the 2019 season in the Korea Baseball Organization with the Samsung Lions, Williamson returned to North America this spring after signing a minor-league deal with the Nationals. The slugging outfielder was expected to open the campaign at Triple-A Fresno, but the likelihood of the 2020 minor-league season being cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic prompted Washington to cut ties with him.
Williamson signed with the Nationals as a non-roster invitee Wednesday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. The 29-year-old hasn't put things together over parts of five seasons in the big leagues, hitting .203/.282/.348 in 483 plate appearances. He played 40 games for the Samsung Lions of the KBO last season after getting designated for assignment by the Mariners, but his .273/.327/.409 line there doesn't exactly suggest he suddenly figured things out.
Williamson is nearing an agreement to sign with the Samsung Lions of the Korea Baseball Organization, Sung Min Kim of The Athletic reports. WIlliamson's rights remain with the Mariners after he recently accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Tacoma, but he'll likely be released from his obligations to the organization while he pursues what's presumably a more lucrative opportunity overseas. The 29-year-old Williamson has posted some eye-popping numbers in the Triple-A ranks over the past three seasons, but his 28.8 percent career strikeout rate has prevented him from finding much sustained success in the majors. He could emerge as one of the KBO's top power hitters while having the luxury of teeing off against pitchers who typically work at lower velocities than their MLB counterparts.
Williamson was sent outright to Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. Williamson will remain in Seattle's organization after being designated for assignment by the Mariners and subsequently passing through waivers unclaimed. The outfielder is slashing just .156/.250/.258 with four home runs and two stolen bases in 144 big-league plate appearances this season.
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