Allen was traded from the Padres to the Yankees on Wednesday, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports. Allen was designated for assignment by the Padres at the end of December, and he'll now likely serve as outfield depth for the Yankees in 2021. The 27-year-old appeared in 16 games for Cleveland and San Diego last year, hitting .154 with one home run, four RBI and two stolen bases over 32 plate appearances.
Allen was designated for assignment Thursday, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. The move comes with the Padres needing to make space for Ha-seong Kim on the 40-man roster. It isn't yet known where Allen will ultimately end up, but for the time being he will be removed from the Friars' 40-man roster. The outfielder slashed .154/.281/.308 across 32 plate appearances in 2020.
Allen was optioned to the Padres' alternate training site Thursday. Allen began his time in San Diego on the active roster and made his first start with the team Wednesday. However, he'll head to alternate camp just one day later. He could be one of the team's top replacement options if injuries occur in the outfield.
Allen went 0-for-1 with a pair of walks, a hit-by-pitch, a run scored and a stolen base in Wednesday's win over the Angels. Allen started the game in right field and batted ninth in his first game with San Diego. He wasted little time showing off his 92nd-percentile sprint speed, swiping second base after being hit by a pitch in the seventh inning. Allen should eventually settle into a reserve role, but he could get regular starts for as long as Wil Myers (undisclosed) remains on the injured list.
Allen was traded from Cleveland to San Diego on Monday, along with Mike Clevinger and a player to be named later, with six players heading the opposite way, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. Clevinger is clearly the headliner here, with Cleveland adding Allen from its deep stable of outfielders as seemingly little more than a throw-in. The San Diego native has good speed, stealing 31 bases in 220 career games, but that hasn't actually translated to positive marks defensively in center field. Even if he were a better defender in center, his .239/.295/.344 career slash line would keep him firmly in a bench role. He's unlikely to be in the lineup on a regular basis for his new team.