Last month Joe Torre was said to be “leaning toward” taking a job with Major League Baseball and now Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that commissioner Bud Selig will officially announce tomorrow that Torre has joined MLB as executive vice president for baseball operations.
According to Heyman he’ll be “overseeing on-field activity for MLB” in a role previously filled by Sandy Alderson, who left the job to take over as the Mets’ general manager this offseason.
Torre, who announced with two weeks remaining on the schedule that he’d be stepping down as Dodgers manager following last season, has been a big-league manager for each of the past 21 seasons and the 71-year-old future Hall of Famer has a total of 29 seasons of managing experience. Joel Sherman of the New York Post notes that Torre will be working out of New York rather than staying in Los Angeles.
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.