Allen has agreed to a one-year contract with the Angels, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. The deal hasn't been made official just yet, but both sides have agreed to the contract in principle and it will become finalized after a physical. Allen posted a 4.70 ERA and 1.36 WHIP over 67.0 innings a season ago with the Indians, and he saw his strikeouts decrease to 80 after punching out 92 batters in 2017. The 30-year-old reliever also gave up a career-worst 11 long balls. Despite struggling through one of the worst seasons of his MLB career, a change of scenery may be just what Allen needs to get back on track. He figures to be the leading candidate to lock down the closer's role for the Angels in 2019.
Allen did not receive a $17.9 million qualifying offer from the Indians before Friday's deadline, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports. Allen will officially hit the free-agent market after spending the past eight years in the Cleveland organization. During the 2018 season, Allen appeared in 70 games and collected 27 saves out of 32 opportunities, but logged a career-worst 4.70 ERA and 4.4 BB/9. The soon-to-be 30-year-old still did a solid job for the Indians, but a slight dip in velocity -- from 94.3 mph in 2017 to 93.5 mph this season -- combined with a greater propensity for giving up the long ball (1.5 HR/9) prohibited him from being the All-Star closer that we've been accustomed to seeing.
Allen worked around a hit with a strikeout in a scoreless inning of work to earn his 27th save of the season Tuesday against the Rays. Allen entered with a two-run lead and promptly allowed the leadoff hitter to reach, bringing the tying run to the plate. He then buckled down and retired the next three batters he faced to close out the victory. Allen's role has changed a bit with Brad Hand in the fold, but he's recorded two saves in his last three outings and should continue to see his share of opportunities as long as he keeps performing.
Allen (4-6) gave up two runs on two hits and two walks while striking out one in an inning of work Wednesday, blowing his fifth save of the season in a 4-3 loss to the Twins. Entering the game in the seventh inning didn't help Allen reverse his recent skid -- he's blown three of his six save chances in August, posting a 5.23 ERA and 1.74 WHIP in 10.1 innings on the month despite a 13.1 K/9. Expect Brad Hand to see most of the closing action for Cleveland until Allen rights the ship.
Allen (4-5) allowed two solo home runs without recording an out to blow the save and take a loss against the Royals on Friday. Allen entered in the ninth inning with a one-run lead and promptly served up a game-tying homer to Ryan O'Hearn -- for his fourth blown save of the year -- followed by a walkoff homer to Hunter Dozier. Allen has now allowed runs to score in three consecutive outings and sports a 4.82 ERA over his last nine games, going 4-for-6 in save chances in that time. It's worth noting that Brad Hand has gone 4-for-4 in save chances with a 0.90 ERA over his last nine games.