Murray Chass is one of those guys who will write something one moment that will make you want to pull your hair out, and then the next moment will make a razor-sharp observation, the sort of which that makes so much sense that you’ll wonder why you’ve never heard anyone say it before. He did that in his latest post, when reflecting on Bert Blyleven and Jack Morris’ comments that Andre Dawson deserves to be in the Hall of Fame:
A thought on players’ opinions on which players belong in the Hall of
Fame: Before they get in, they think many players should be in; once
they are in, they don’t think any more players should get in.
I’d say that the only exception to that is the Big Red Machine Reds who think every one of their teammates, right down to Cesar Geronimo and Ed Armbrister, belong in Cooperstown. Otherwise Chass is spot-on.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Angels and reliever Cody Allen are in agreement on a one-year contract, pending a physical. The value of the contract is not yet known.
Allen, 30, was looking for an opportunity to close and the Angels can certainly provide that. He will likely be the favorite to break camp as the closer. 2018 was the roughest year of his career, however, as he finished with a 4.70 ERA, 27 saves, and a 80/33 K/BB ratio in 67 innings. Among Allen’s six full seasons, his 27.7 strikeout rate and 11.4 percent walk rate represented career-worsts. FanGraphs also shows him losing nearly a full MPH on his average fastball velocity.
The Angels lost closer Keynan Middleton to Tommy John surgery early last season and he likely won’t return until the second half of the 2019 season. Blake Parker, who handled save situations in Middleton’s place, was non-tendered by the Angels in November and ended up signing with the Twins. The closer’s role is Allen’s to lose, it seems.