Stephen Drew remains a man without a country. Sandy Alderson told Anthony DiComo of MLB.com via phone on Tuesday that the club is “unlikely” to sign free agent shortstop Stephen Drew.
Maybe he goes back to the Red Sox on a team-friendly deal? Maybe those rumors attaching him to the Yankees, Blue Jays, and Athletics will revive? I dunno.
But someone’s gotta sign Drew, right? I mean, he’s good at baseball and stuff. Lots of players who are far less good at baseball have jobs, so you’d think someone who is good at baseball would have one too. Thanks, Obama.
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.