Curtis Granderson is happy with the new HGH test

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Mark Feinsand of the Daily News spoke with Curtis Granderson — who, in addition to being awesome, is an MLBPA player rep — and Granderson said that he was happy about the changes in the collective bargaining agreement. Specifically the addition of the HGH blood test.

Granderson is no idiot, though, and though I may be reading too much into this, I get the sense that he knows that the biggest part of the HGH test is the perception, not the actual merits of the thing:

“You never hear it talked about in football, where most guys are massively bigger than us, or in basketball,” Granderson said. “It’s amazing of the three major sports, we’re the ones that are consistently talked about when it comes to that stuff, so hopefully we can get rid of that conversation.”

That sound you hear are all of Granderson’s fans back in Michigan wondering how the hell he doesn’t consider hockey to be a major sport.

Anyway: he’s right.  the test is about getting rid of a conversation. I think everyone involved knows that. I also think that’s why it was apparently so easily and quietly included in the new CBA.

Report: Angels to sign Cody Allen

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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.

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.