The Angels have agreed to terms with right-hander Cody Allen, on a one-year deal worth $8.5 million. Allen spent the last seven years with the Cleveland Indians where he served in the closer role. He finished last season with 27 saves and a 4.70 ERA through 67 innings.
Allen has a career 2.98 ERA with 149 saves since he broke into the league in 2012. Allen kept the closer role in Cleveland even when the Indians brought in dominant left-hander Andrew Miller. Allen is a large, intimidating figure out on the mound and the Angels will likely depend heavily on his right arm when they have the lead in late games. He also gives the Angels someone who has postseason experience, as he pitched during the 2016 World Series against the Chicago Cubs.
Role with the Angels
Allen will fill the ninth inning role for the halos closing out games. The Angels have lacked a closer for a couple of seasons, dating back to Houston Street. Allen is an established arm out of the bullpen that the Angels desperately needed. Last season Keynan Middleton served as the clubs closer before he went down with Tommy John Surgery. Since Middleton’s injury, the Angels went to a bullpen by committee.
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