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Indians avoid arbitration with Kevin Plawecki

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The Indians recently acquired Kevin Plawecki from the Mets. Now they know how much they’ll pay him in 2019. The club and the catcher have settled for $1,137,500, avoiding arbitration.

Plawecki, 27, hit .210/.315/.370 with seven homers in 79 games in 2018. He’s likely to see more playing time in Cleveland, where he’ll share catching duties with Roberto Perez. No matter what, it seems like neither side felt too jazzed about going to the mat to argue over a couple of tens of thousands of dollars either way heading into spring training. Probably the smart move.

Report: Angels to sign Cody Allen

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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.