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Mets sign Luis Avilán to minor league deal

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The Mets announced on Thursday the signing of reliever Luis Avilán to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Avilán was non-tendered by the Phillies at the end of November.

Avilán, 29, spent most of last season with the White Sox, then was traded to the Phillies in late August. In aggregate, he posted a 3.77 ERA with 51 strikeouts and 18 walks over 45 1/3 innings.

Avilán and Daniel Zamora are the Mets’ only lefty relievers as the roster is presently constructed, so it figures that Avilán has a decent shot to break camp on the 25-man roster.

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.