Allen announced his retirement from professional baseball Wednesday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. Though Heyman relays Allen drew some interest from MLB teams this offseason, he likely would have had to settle for a minor-league deal containing limited guaranteed money if he wanted to keep his career going. Rather than attempting a longshot run at an Opening Day bullpen role with an organization, the 32-year-old will call an end to a mostly productive eight-year run in the big leagues. The right-hander retires with a career 3.14 ERA and 153 saves between stops with Cleveland and the Angels.
Allen was released by the Cubs on Thursday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. Allen had been working at the alternate training site, but obviously didn't show enough of his old self to warrant consideration for a promotion.
Allen signed a minor-league deal with the Cubs on Friday, Gordon Wittenmyer of NBC Sports Chicago reports. The veteran right-hander was released by the Rangers last week, but he'll now receive an opportunity in the Cubs' 60-man player pool. Allen struggled to a 6.26 ERA in 25 outings with the Angels last season before being released in June. Chicago's bullpen has been terrible through the first week of the season, so the club is undoubtedly hoping the 31-year-old can reinvent himself and become a reliable option.
Allen was released by the Rangers on Friday. The 31-year-old appears to be aging quite quickly. After saving 147 games for Cleveland from 2014 to 2018, he lost the closer role for the Angels by the end of April last season and was eventually let go after struggling to a 6.26 ERA in 23 innings. He failed to make an appearance for the Twins in the second half of 2019 after signing on a minor-league deal and now won't get the chance to appear for the Rangers either. He's in theory interesting on the open market as a reclamation project, but with three teams giving up on him in a span of just over 13 months, his odds of playing a significant role anywhere this year appear quite low.
Allen was reassigned to the Rangers' alternate training site Sunday, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports. Allen was able to work as a non-roster invitee during camp, but he'll report to the team's alternate training site ahead of the regular season. The right-hander was healthy this summer after dealing with arm issues during spring training and could be an option for the major-league bullpen if injuries occur this season.
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