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.
Allen threw in a simulated game Friday and showed he is past the sore arm issue he had during spring training, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Allen, who is a non-roster invitee, showed improved life on his fastball, per manager Chris Woodward. His closing experience makes him an interesting reliever to watch during summer camp.
Allen has made the Rangers' 60-man player pool.
Allen remains a non-roster invitee in advance of the three week summer camp that precedes the kickoff to the regular season. He's an interesting player that brings closing experience to a team that has one of the least stable closer situations. Jose Leclerc opens the season as closer, but it's a job he lost last season due to command issues.
Allen (elbow, forearm) is feeling good and has been throwing at Globe Life Field during the pandemic, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Allen experienced minor arm issues during the original spring training, which limited his opportunity. The Rangers hoped to get a better look at the right-hander and former Indians closer, though they should get that chance in a second spring training. If he's healthy and on form, Allen could be a candidate for saves if manager Chris Woodward wants to use current closer Jose Leclerc as a multiple-inning weapon. Leclerc is the closer entering the season, but he did have issues during 2019. Rafael Montero is also a consideration for save chances.
Allen (elbow, forearm) threw 12 pitches in a simulated game Tuesday, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Allen experienced soreness in his elbow and forearm and was shut down for a week before resurfacing Tuesday. His next scheduled start is a split squad game Thursday against the Cubs. Allen was Cleveland's closer from 2013 to 2017, and the Rangers hope he regains that form, which would give manager Chris Woodward options at the back end of the bullpen.
Allen was shut down over the past week due to forearm and elbow stiffness, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Following a week of inactivity, Allen is scheduled to face hitters in a simulated game Tuesday. "The elbow was barking pretty good after that last game," Allen said. "We're playing it slow. It's still early. A simulated game [Tuesday]. It's feeling pretty good, so hopefully we still have a good amount of time left." The Rangers have another three weeks to go before their final spring training game March 23, which should give him enough time to be ready for the regular season. Allen allowed three runs on two hits and a walk over one inning in his lone spring appearance.
Allen joined the Rangers as a non-roster invitee Friday.
Allen owns a career 3.14 ERA and 153 saves, far better numbers than are typically available from a player on a minor-league deal. The 31-year-old is available for cheap because his career has taken a significant turn for the worse in recent seasons, as his ERA slipped to 4.70 in 2018 and fell off a cliff to 6.26 in 23 innings last season. His command evaporated, as he walked 17.2 percent of opposing batters, and his 92.3 mph fastball was down two full ticks from just two seasons prior. It will take a major bounceback for him to find his way to a fantasy-relevant role this season.
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.
Allen was designated for assignment Saturday.
The Halos signed the former closer to a one-year $8.5 million contract during the offseason but are already ready to cut their losses if another team is willing to claim him. He'll likely pass through waivers and be outrighted to Triple-A. Taylor Cole was recalled in a corresponding move.
Allen was charged with two runs on two hits and retired one batter in his relief appearance in Sunday's 9-3 loss to the Mariners.
The Angels were only trailing 2-1 when Allen entered the contest in the top of the fifth. Allen stranded a runner at third by striking out Domingo Santana to end the inning, but couldn't carry that success over to the top of the sixth. He surrendered back-to-back long balls to Edwin Encarnacion and Dan Vogelbach before being pulled in favor of Nick Tropeano, who yielded another run for good measure. Since returning from the 10-day injured list May 7, Allen has posted a 4.05 ERA and 1.57 WHIP while serving up five home runs in 13.1 innings. Those underwhelming numbers make it unlikely that he resurfaces as a closer candidate for the Angels anytime soon.
Allen (back) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Tuesday.
Allen had lost his closing role just days before landing on the injured list, and it appears as though he'll have to work his way back into the ninth inning. Chris Stratton was designated for assignment in a corresponding move.
Manager Brad Ausmus said he expects Allen (back) to return from the 10-day injured list Tuesday, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
Allen experienced no complications while completing a bullpen session Saturday, so it appears he'll be ready to come off the IL in the minimum amount of time. Prior to getting shut down, Allen was removed as the Angels' closer following his poor start to the season. The Angels haven't given up on Allen eventually recapturing the job, but Ausmus suggested that the veteran wouldn't immediately get reinstated as the ninth-inning man, per Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic. Hansel Robles and Ty Buttrey still look like the best bets for saves among the Los Angeles relievers.
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