SBN's Lone Star Ball reports that the Rangers had previous interest in Williams in the offseason after left-hander Derek Holland injured his knee. However, Williams signed a major league deal with the Houston Astros. He went on to put up a 6.04 ERA in 26 games as a reliever. The Astros released Williams in June.
The Rangers are currently sitting on a five game losing streak and in last place in the AL West after getting swept by the Astros. They began a series with the LA Angels on Thursday, only to lose in a 15-6 rout where Colby Lewis gave up a franchise record 13 runs in two innings.