Allen has been working on improving his velocity, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. The 30-year-old reliever is training at The Ranch in Tampa Bay -- the same place where starting pitchers Justin Verlander, Jake Odorizzi and Kyle Gibson have had success working out. It has been rumored that Allen is showing improvements. The veteran owns a career 3.14 ERA and 11.51 K/9 that make him a potential target to teams looking for a right-handed bullpen arm with playoff experience.
Allen was released by the Twins on Wednesday, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports. Allen signed with the Twins on a minor-league deal June 22 and returns to free agency after five weeks with the organization. The 30-year-old had a 3.38 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 7:5 K:BB with Triple-A Rochester, but he gave up three runs (one earned) on three hits during his final outing. Allen began the season as the Angels closer but is now once again looking for a new team.
Allen was placed on the minor-league paternity list Thursday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. Allen will spend up to three days away from Triple-A Rochester. The right-hander struck out one across a scoreless inning for the Red Wings his last time out.
Allen will sign a minor-league deal with the Twins on Saturday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. Allen was released by the Angels on Tuesday after posting a 6.26 ERA, 1.91 WHIP and 29:20 K:BB over 25 appearances, only six months into the one-year, $8.5 million contract he signed during the offseason. The low-risk signing makes sense for the Twins given the 4.47 ERA and 1.43 WHIP from their bullpen. According to Dan Hayes of The Athletic, there's no definitive timeline for Allen to move to the majors, but the team does have some ideas to help turn his season around.
Allen was released by the Angels on Tuesday. Allen was designated for assignment Saturday, and after failing to draw interest while on the waiver wire, the Angels have requested unconditional release waivers on the right-hander. He posted a 6.26 ERA and 1.91 WHIP with a 29:20 K:BB over 23 innings this season with Los Angeles.