Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Rangers and pitcher Shelby Miller are in agreement on a one-year contract. Miller will earn a $2 million salary with the potential for an additional $3 million through performance bonuses, per MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand.
Miller, 28, recently ended a tumultuous three-year stint with the Diamondbacks — he was non-tendered at the end of November — after coming over from the Braves in a December 2015 trade. Across those three seasons, he made just 28 starts and posted a 6.35 ERA with 109 strikeouts and 62 walks in 139 innings. Miller battled elbow issues over the past two seasons, severely limiting his effectiveness.
Miller will try to reestablish himself with the rebuilding Rangers. He will likely work out of the rotation, assuming all goes well throughout the spring.
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.