While pitching in the minors Juan Carlos Oviedo suffered a sprained elbow just before the conclusion of his eight-week suspension and now it sounds like the injury, and not false identity charges, will end his season before it even started.
Oviedo was slated to rejoin the Marlins next week and may have even gotten some save chances, but instead baseball operations president Larry Beinfest admitted that “this is not looking good for him to pitch for us this year.”
And that would likely mean the end of his Marlins career considering Oviedo–who saved 97 games for the Marlins while known as Leo Nunez–is an impending free agent and Miami has already invested way too much money in Heath Bell. Beinfest indicated to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post that Oviedo may eventually need surgery, calling it “a sad situation all the way around.”
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.