Arizona shut down Trevor Bauer for two weeks in an effort to keep his workload in check and give him some rest, but the top prospect and No. 3 overall pick in the 2011 draft is back to pitching at Triple-A.
And he tossed six shutout innings in his return Monday, striking out five.
In addition to the time off Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports that the Diamondbacks “have preached to him” the importance of being more efficient with his pitches, which makes sense considering his shaky control. Last night he needed just 80 pitches to record 18 outs and walked two batters, and Gilbert also notes that Bauer’s fastball topped out at 96 miles per hour.
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.