Now that’s what I call a “foul –” [BAM!] [Lede writer hit over head with sledgehammer]
The Indians had a live chicken in the outfield during BP:
His name is Cody and was given to Cody Allen by Justin Masterson, who had a clubbie pick him up at a local far.
And, more importantly, the Indians won post-chicken. Which, because baseball players are the most superstitious people on the planet, means the chicken will be with the team for a while. And if they do and start losing: team dinner.
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.