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.
Williams hit his second home run of the season Thursday, a seventh inning pinch-hit solo shot in a loss to the Padres.
Williams has played sparingly, but he has made the most of his appearances, getting hits in his last three at-bats and hitting .301 overall on the season. He has also seen at least one at-bat in 11 straight games, but the majority of them have been pinch-hitting appearances as he's only seen three starts over that span. Williams remains a bench bat with limited upside and should only be looked at in deeper leagues.
Williams stands to lose even more playing time now that Scott Schebler is off the DL, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
The Reds want to give Phillip Ervin full-time playing time in left field, so both Williams and Preston Tucker will come off the bench, rather than platoon with Ervin.
Williams is out of the lineup Sunday against the Giants, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic Cincinnati reports.
Williams is on the bench for the third time in four games and seems to have fallen behind Phillip Ervin on the depth chart in right field. Playing time will only become more difficult to come by for Williams when Scott Schebler (shoulder) is reinstated from the disabled list, which is expected to happen as soon as Thursday.
Williams went 2-for-4 with an RBI in Sunday's loss to the Nationals.
Williams managed to get the Reds into the scoring column during the fourth inning on a single to right field, but they'd ultimately fall 2-1. The 26-year-old outfielder finished the weekend series going 5-for-13 with two doubles and one RBI over four games. Through nine matchups this season, Williams is hitting .379 with a homer and four RBI.
Williams went 3-for-4 with two doubles in a 6-2 loss to the Nationals during the second game of Saturday's doubleheader.
The 26-year-old is on a bit of a roll at the plate, going 9-for-23 (.391) over his last six games with the two doubles, a homer, a stolen base, three RBI and four runs. With Scott Schebler (shoulder) having a setback in his recovery, Williams has a path to regular at-bats in the short term, and if he stays hot, he could put himself firmly in the Reds' plans beyond 2018.
Williams will start in center field and bat fifth Sunday against the Phillies, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
The season-ending injury to Jesse Winker (shoulder) paved the way for Williams to join the big club, and the 26-year-old will draw his third consecutive start Sunday. Williams' comfort with playing all three outfield spots should help his case for playing time in the short term, but he'll likely see his opportunities fall by the wayside once Scott Schebler (shoulder) returns from the disabled list.
Williams went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run Friday in the win over the Phillies.
In just his second game with the big club this season, Williams managed to deliver a key home run and hand the Reds a three-run lead. His contract was selected from Triple-A Louisville on Thursday, as he figures to serve as a fourth outfielder while Scott Schebler (shoulder) is on the shelf.
Williams was called up from Triple-A Louisville on Thursday, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.
In a corresponding move, Jesse Winker (shoulder) was put on the 10-day disabled list and Alex Blandino (knee) was transferred to the 60-day DL. Williams could step into playing time upon his arrival, barring the return of Scott Schebler (shoulder) prior to Thursday's series opener versus the Phillies. Across 87 games with Louisville, Williams slashed .280/.341/.418 with six home runs, 30 RBI and five stolen bases.
Williams (chin) will start in center field and bat ninth in Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the White Sox, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic Cincinnati reports.
According to Rosecrans, Williams, who suffered a cut on his chin after taking a foul ball to the chin Saturday against the Rockies, required two stitches to seal the gash. With X-rays coming back negative for Williams, he'll be able to return to the lineup a day later as he attempts to make his case for a backup outfield gig.
Williams was hit in the mouth by a foul ball during Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Rockies, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Williams was initially examined in the dugout before being taken away in a cart while holding a towel over his mouth. The severity of the issue, and how long it may keep him sidelined, should clear up in the coming days as he's reevaluated.
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.
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