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15 players have yet to reach arbitration settlement

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Fifteen players did not reach settlements with their teams after exchanging salary figures prior to Friday’s initial arbitration deadline, per a report from Jeff Passan of ESPN. That doesn’t necessarily mean all 15 players will go to arbitration hearings, but as Craig wrote yesterday, it’s certainly possible that all 30 teams will choose to forego more informal negotiations in favor of a file-and-trial approach. Passan, for his part, cites sources from both the players’ and teams’ sides that say only “10 or so” hearings are expected in 2019.

Listed in descending order, these were the figures filed on Friday, as reported by Fancred’s Jon Heyman, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, and others:

Arenado still has the largest discrepancy between his $30 million ask and the Rockies’ $24 million offer; as we previously noted here, he’s in line for the biggest single-season arbitration payday no matter which amount he’s awarded. On the flip side, Chris Devenski and Michael A. Taylor have the shortest gaps to bridge so far, with only $250K between the numbers they filed and their respective teams’ offers.

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.