Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Mets have signed pitcher Héctor Santiago to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Santiago will earn a salary of $2 million if he makes the major league roster. As a minor leaguer, he will earn $25,000 per month. The contract also includes an opt-out date for July 31 and $100,000 bonuses each for reaching five, 10, 15, 20, and 25 starts.
Santiago, 31, pitched for the White Sox last season, finishing with a 4.50 ERA and a 103/60 K/BB ratio across 102 innings. He made seven starts and 42 relief appearances, the first time he wasn’t a full-time starter since 2012.
Santiago will attempt to earn a spot in the Mets’ bullpen going into the 2019 season.
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.