Dave Eiland, who spent three years as the Yankees’ pitching coach before being let go following the 2010 season, has been hired by the Royals to fill the same role in Kansas City.
Eiland spent this season as an advisor with the Rays and coached for years in the Yankees’ minor-league system before joining their big-league staff. He also pitched parts of 10 seasons in the majors as a starter for the Yankees, Rays, and Padres, throwing 373 innings with a 5.74 ERA.
Eiland replaces Bob McClure, who was fired last month after six seasons as the Royals’ pitching coach, during which time Kansas City’s staff ranked 14th, 7th, 10th, 12th, 14th, and 12th in ERA.
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.