Buster Posey ruled out for season after ankle surgery

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Buster Posey has two screws inserted into his ankle in surgery Sunday and was officially ruled out for the season, Giants trainer Dave Groeschner said.

Posey also had three torn ligaments in his left ankle repaired by Giants physicians.

He is slated to have a second surgery in 8-10 weeks to remove the hardware from his ankle.

When asked if Posey would be ready for Opening Day, Groescher responded: “I would think so.  I think it’s a good prognosis.”

With Posey out, the Giants are currently going with Eli Whiteside as their starting catcher.  They were shut out by the Brewers on Sunday, losing for the third time in four games since Posey went down.

Angels sign Cody Allen to a one year, $8.5 million deal

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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. UPDATE: Per Rosenthal, the deal is done at one year, $8.5 million.

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.