By Sam Bush

There was precious little good news in the 2014 Phillies’ season, but one surprising ray of light was Jerome Williams.

And the right-handed pitcher was rewarded with a one-year extension, worth $2.5 million, which includes performance bonuses.

In nine starts for the Phillies in 2013, the 32-year-old went 4-2 with a 2.83 ERA after being claimed off waivers from the Texas Rangers on August 10.

Williams was a consistent performer on a team that had very little of that quality — in six of his nine starts, Williams allowed two runs or fewer. In those games the Phillies posted a 6-3 record.

Williams’ extension could spell the end of Kyle Kendrick’s tenure with the Phillies as he is due to become a free-agent for the first time in his career this winter.

Williams is a 10-year veteran and has pitched for seven different teams.

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