Angels Land Potential Closer
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Los Angeles Angels have signed right-handed reliever Cody Allen to a one-year deal. The former Indians closer will get $8.5 million guaranteed and can earn another $2.5 million based on number of games finished. The deal is still pending a physical.
The 2018 season was rough for Allen as he posted a career-high 4.70 ERA and 4.56 FIP. He has pitched in at least 67 innings in six straight seasons and has 149 saves in that time span.
Playoff Teams Still In On Machado and Harper?
The article from Michael Walton is quoted to say “He called all three franchises ‘very interested bystanders in one or both of these guys.’ Salisbury also mentioned that the St. Louis Cardinals could get in on the Manny Machado free agency if the figures for his alleged contract offer from the White Sox was correct, as reported this week.”
Kimbrel Leaving Beantown?
The future doesn’t look great for Craig Kimbrel with the reigning World Champions. Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com tweeted “The chances of Craig Kimbrel reunion look slim. Dombrowski, talking about bullpen composure said “we lost two guys,” referencing Kelly and Kimbrel. Repeated club is not looking for big expenditure at closer.”
Kimbrel has spent the last three season as the closer for the Red Sox. The former All-Star closer has shut down 108 games for the Sox over the past three years, but showed serious signs of regression in 2018. Posting a FIP over 3.00 last season, Kimbrel’s demand of a long-term deal has likely been the reason he is still looking for a new team, and Dave Dombrowski seems to be looking for a new closer.
Bombers Close To Dealing Gray?
According to Jack Curry of the YES Network, the Yankees feel that they are close to dealing starting pitcher and former All-Star for the Oakland A’s Sonny Gray. Kelly tweeted “As a few reporters have noted, the Yankees are likely to trade Sonny Gray soon. I have been told talks are still ongoing with a few teams.”
An initial report was made by Jon Heyman of FanCred Sports, tweeting “Yankees are indeed close to trading Sonny Gray. Teams are also asking about Tommy Kahnle and Jonathan Holder.” The Yankees have been connected to the Brewers on the Sonny Gray front, but so far nothing has materialized.