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Report: Will Middlebrooks to retire

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Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports that corner infielder Will Middlebrooks is retiring from baseball. Middlebrooks, 30, suffered a fractured left fibula when he collided with then-teammate Andrew Pullin during a spring training game for the Phillies last February.

Injuries limited Middlebrooks throughout his six-year major league career, which spanned 2012-17 with the Red Sox, Rangers, Padres, and Brewers. Overall, he hit .228/.272/.391 in 347 games. He earned a World Series ring in 2013 with the Red Sox.

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.