Which kind of sucks, because Del Taco is pretty good, dudes. Anyway, here’s what Harper had to say about his recent claim that he’s going to be huge coming into the season:
“It was kind of crazy that everyone was going berserk about my weight,” he said. “I was 235 coming in last year and it’s not sloppy weight. I’m not fat, I look pretty good. I don’t want to say that, but I’m not gonna lie. It’s not like I’m out eating McDonalds and Del Taco every night. I eat good. My mom fixes dinner every single night.”
Man, the kids is 21 years-old. Even if he was eating McDonald’s and Del Taco every night he’d still be in great shape because that’s how 21 year-olds usually roll. The jerks. It’s when you hit your mid-30s that everything starts to go to hell.
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.