The Angels have designated right-handed reliever Cody Allen for assignment, per a club announcement on Saturday morning:
Today’s roster moves:— Angels PR (@LAAngelsPR) June 15, 2019
RHP Taylor Cole – Recalled from Salt Lake
RHP Cody Allen – Designated for Assignment
Allen, 30, was considered one of the best relievers in baseball in the not-too-distant past, but despite the Angels’ hopes that he could rebound after a rough 2018 season, he was unable to rediscover his form with the Halos. He had an ERA below 3.00 with 67 or more appearances (three seasons with 70 or more) in each season from 2013-17 for the Indians, and he was a huge part of the 2016 Cleveland club that reached the World Series. While he was clearly the second fiddle to Andrew Miller in the Indians’ bullpen following the lanky lefty’s acquisition in 2016, he still took on the ninth-inning duties more often than not as Miller remained a situational reliever, and he ended up with three straight 30-plus-save seasons from 2015-17. He hit some bumps in the road last year, though, posting a 4.70 ERA and blowing five saves in his walk year with Cleveland.
After spending a large chunk of the offseason on the free-agent market, Allen signed a one-year, $8.5 million deal with the Angels in late January. Like many relievers who have changed clubs in free agency over the last few offseasons, he struggled mightily while adjusting to a new situation, posting a 6.26 ERA with a 1.91 WHIP, 29 strikeouts, and 20 walks over 23 innings. (For what it’s worth, he did convert on all four of his save opportunities.) The Angels gave him an chance to hit the reset button in late April, placing him on the injured list with a lumbar spine strain, but the rest didn’t help and he continued to struggle.
Allen was one of three veteran pitchers who have had really rough seasons after joining Los Angeles on one-year deals in the offseason, and it’ll be interesting to see if this move foreshadows more tough decisions to come. Trevor Cahill, who signed a one-year, $9 million deal, has a 7.18 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP and pitched (poorly, once again) behind an opener in his last appearance. Matt Harvey, who got a one-year, $11 million contract, has a 7.50 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP over 10 starts and is currently struggling while on a rehab assignment at Triple-A Salt Lake.