This move has some deliciously ancient/medieval overtones.
New White Sox general manager Rick Hahn’s first trade as the Chicago White Sox’ new general manager had him shipping out Kenny Williams Jr., the son of his boss and predecessor, Kenny Williams, to the Rockies. No word on whether, after the deal, Hahn bedded Williams’ wife, slaughtered his servants and livestock and sowed salt into the soil of Williams farm.
It gets better: In return for Williams Jr., the Rockies sent away Mark Tracy, the son of their former manager Jim Tracy. I presume that Tracy was sacrificed because his father escaped the Rockies’ hangman’s noose by resigning before he could be terminated, and that there was some sort of symbolic shunning of Tracy the Younger before he was cast out.
Baseball is kinda complicated.
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.