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Report: Blue Jays sign David Phelps to one-year, $2.5 million deal

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The Blue Jays have signed pitcher David Phelps to a one-year contract, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports. Phelps will earn $2.5 million in 2019 and his contract includes a club option for 2020, the value of which depends on the number of appearances he makes this season, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Phelps, 32, underwent Tommy John surgery in March. As a result, he likely won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. The right-hander became a mostly full-time reliever in 2016 with the Marlins, finishing with a 2.28 ERA in 86 2/3 innings. Phelps showed more dominance out of the bullpen in 2017, finishing with a 3.40 ERA with 62 strikeouts and 26 walks in 55 2/3 innings between the Marlins and Mariners.

When Phelps is healthy, the Blue Jays will likely use him in high-leverage situations leading up to closer Ken Giles.

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.