Free agent reliever Cody Allen is in agreement with the Los Angeles Angels on a deal, league sources tell ESPN's @Alden_Gonzalez and me. Angels have been seeking a closer, and Allen is it. They've been discussing a one-year deal, per sources. Deal is pending physical.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 18, 2019
The terms of the contract are unclear, but Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic first reported that Allen and the Halos were discussing a one-year deal. Passan added to his tweet that Allen was looking for a contract around “the $9 million range.”
Allen and the Angels appear to be a match for each other.
The 30-year-old Allen wanted to go to a team that would give him the opportunity to close ballgames just as he did with the Indians for the last five seasons. The right-hander has saved 147 games in the regular season and seven games in the postseason during that span while posting a 2.98 ERA in the regular season and a 3.10 ERA in the playoffs. Allen was at his best in 2016, when he did not allow a run in the postseason as a part of the Tribe’s big three in the bullpen — along with Andrew Miller and Bryan Shaw — that played a big role in them reaching the World Series.
However, Allen struggled in his final season with Cleveland, as he posted a 4.70 ERA and 1.36 WHIP over 67 innings pitched.
For the Angels, they get a true veteran to be around their young arms in the bullpen. Along with Allen, the Angels have Keynan Middleton, Ty Buttrey, Hansel Robles, Justin Anderson, Luis Garcia, John Curtiss, Cam Bedrosian, Taylor Cole and Noé Ramirez in the bullpen mix.