Continuing the trend of one-year deals, the Angels brought in Allen for $8.5 million to be their trusted arm to finish out games. “He has a history of closing big games in big spots. We anticipate him as our closer, and it’s something we talked to him about during the negotiation process,” Angels GM Billy Eppler said at the time of his signing. Allen, who played his entire major league career for the Indians, is coming off his worst season as a pro, tallying a 4.70 ERA and 84.4 save percentage. Prior to 2018, he had registered five-straight seasons with a sub-3.00 ERA. That said, over his career he has proven his ability to deliver when the team needs him most. Allen’s 149 total saves are the ninth-most among active players and the most in Indians history. With the Angels working with a closer-by-committee approach for most of last season, if Allen can secure that role for the Halos, one of the best bullpens in the League will be getting a massive relief cushion.
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