Cody Allen Heads to the Angels, as the Reliever Market Continues to Move Without the Cubs

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Cody Allen Heads to the Angels, as the Reliever Market Continues to Move Without the Cubs

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Eventually, I’m not going to be able to punctuate these posts with a reminder that there are still plenty of useful options out there on the relief market.

Another interesting arm is off the market, with former Indians closer Cody Allen headed to Anaheim to do the job there:

Allen, 30, was really good from 2013-17 at the back end of the Indians’ bullpen – you’ve gotta be pretty good to keep closing when Andrew Miller is there – but it thumped down pretty hard last year, as his ERA and his peripherals all looked more like a struggling middle reliever than a sure-fire back-end option. Worse, it was the culmination of some trends that had seemed to be popping up over the couple years prior, *and* his velocity has been declining over that period.

That is all to say, Allen is a pure bounce-back candidate, and there wouldn’t have been many teams offering him a sewn up closer’s job. Of course, with the Cubs, he would have had a chance out of the gate to try to take that role, with Brandon Morrow likely on the shelf. But, we never got any indication that the Cubs were involved with Allen, and they will instead continue to lie in wait for … someone … maybe … although each of Jed Hoyer and Tom Ricketts seemed to suggest yesterday that they feel like the bullpen is fine.

A reminder of the guys currently on the 40-man roster:

  • Brandon Morrow (34, didn’t pitch after July, November elbow cleanup, litany of past injuries)
  • Pedro Strop (33, season ended with a hamstring injury)
  • Carl Edwards Jr. (27, erratic season in performance, had a shoulder injury and a forearm injury)
  • Steve Cishek (32, wore down late in the year after heavy usage)
  • Mike Montgomery (29, might be needed in the rotation, was quietly fairly poor as a reliever last year)
  • Brandon Kintzler (34, was terrible with the Cubs, is an aging high-contact pitcher)
  • Tyler Chatwood (29, lost all semblance of control last year)
  • Brian Duensing (35, was terrible and injured last year)
  • Randy Rosario (24, scary peripherals all year)
  • Kyle Ryan (27, was good at AAA last year but did not earn call-up)
  • Dillon Maples (26, so much talent but hasn’t shown big league command)
  • James Norwood (25, good stuff but not established)
  • Rowan Wick (26, decent minor league production but not established)

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Author: Brett Taylor

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