The Angels Sign Reliever Cody Allen to One-Year Deal

Cody Allen with the Indians. Photo by Trask Smith/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

It looks like the Los Angeles Angels have managed to find their closer for the 2019 season. According to ESPN‘s sources, the Angels have managed to reach a deal with reliever Cody Allen who will ink a one-year deal. The deal is pending a physical.

The 2018 season saw the 30-year-old performing below all expectations, having career worst in ERA (4.70) and save percentage (84.4). Allen was reportedly looking to get a short-term deal this year, in range of $9 million a year, so he could be a free agent next year and get a better deal if he performs on his usual level.

Cody Allen spent his entire MLB career with the Cleveland Indians, being an important part of the team’s bullpen in the previous years. Allen especially came up big for the Indians in 2016 when he had 2.51 ERA and 32 saves in the regular season that saw the team advance to the World Series for the first time since 1997.

He also played a significant part in team’s record-breaking 2017 season, when Cleveland strolled to 22 straight wins at one point and finished the year with 102 regular season wins.