Williams signed a minor-league contract with the White Sox on Friday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. The 27-year-old split time between the Phillies' and Reds' alternate training sites last season, but he didn't see major-league action. Williams appeared in 67 games for Philly in 2019 and had a .151/.196/.245 slash line with 43 strikeouts in 112 plate appearances.
Williams cleared waivers Friday and was outrighted to the Reds' alternate site. Williams produced an above-average batting line in both of his first two seasons in the league but has fallen far since then. After posting a wRC+ of 12 in 67 games last season, he failed to make a big-league appearance for both the Phillies and Reds this year, and now he wasn't even claimed by another team for free. His chances of making an impact at the highest level next season appear slim.
The Reds designated Williams for assignment Tuesday, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. Exactly a month after being claimed off waivers after the Phillies designated him for assignment, Williams will once again hit waivers. He did not reach the big leagues this year for either team.
Williams was claimed off waivers by the Reds on Saturday, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. Williams was designated for assignment by the Phillies on Tuesday after failing to live up to his potential over the past three seasons. The 26-year-old hasn't appeared in the majors in 2020, but he'll claim a spot on the Reds' 40-man roster going forward at the team's alternate training site. While spending parts of the last three seasons in the majors, Williams slashed .254/.313/.420 with 31 home runs and 110 RBI over 903 plate appearances.
Williams was designated for assignment for the Phillies on Tuesday. Once considered a rather interesting prospect, good enough to co-headline a trade for Cole Hamels back in 2015, Williams failed to make good on his potential through parts of three big-league seasons, hitting a modest .254/.313/.420 over 903 plate appearances, good for just a 94 wRC+. That's hardly a terrible mark, and he's still just 26 years old, so there's a chance another team takes a flier on him on the waiver wire. He hasn't been a part of the Phillies' active roster this season.