McAllister agreed to a minor-league contract with the Dodgers on Monday, the Peoria Journal Star reports. McAllister was released by the Rangers prior to Opening Day after the team informed him he wouldn't break camp with the big club. After three stellar years in relief for the Indians from 2015 through 2017, McAllister fell on hard times last season, posting a 6.20 ERA and 1.49 WHIP over 44 appearances between Cleveland and Detroit. The Dodgers don't have an immediate opening in their bullpen, so he'll likely have to prove himself at Triple-A Oklahoma City before receiving a look with the big club.
McAllister was released by the Rangers on Monday. This comes as a bit of a surprise, as McAllister -- who signed a one-year deal with the Rangers in January -- posted a respectable 3.00 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 10:2 K:BB through 12 innings this spring. The veteran right-hander should draw interest on the open market given his prior big-league success.
McAllister struck out two over two hitless and scoreless innings Monday against the Angels. This was McAllister's third appearance lasting more than an inning. Given the workload limitations of the Rangers' starting rotation -- three of five coming back from elbow surgery -- the team will need multi-inning relievers, and McAllister's making a bid to be one. He's allowed three runs on six hits and one walk while striking out eight over 8.1 innings.
McAllister signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Rangers on Tuesday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. McAllister struggled across stops with the Indians and Tigers in 2018, posting a 6.20 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and 39:10 K:BB across 45 innings of relief. He was able to land a big-league deal regardless, on the strength of his track record of success as a reliever from 2015-17. The right-hander should start the season in the middle innings.
McAllister signed with the Dodgers on a minor-league deal Monday. McAllister will head to Triple-A Oklahoma City in attempt to prove himself worthy of a September callup. He has a 6.20 ERA in 45 innings with the Indians and Tigers this season but posted ERAs no higher than 3.44 in each of the past three seasons. At just 30 years old, he may be able to recapture some of his previous form, though he's unlikely to earn anything more than a low-leverage relief role.
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