The Angels signed the 30-year-old Allen to an $8.5MM guarantee in the offseason, but the union provided disastrous for the club. Allen registered an awful 6.26 ERA/8.34 FIP with 11.35 K/9, 7.83 BB/9 and a paltry 19.7 percent groundball rate in 23 innings before the Angels cut the cord on him. The right-hander posted his lowest swinging-strike rate since 2012, his first season, and the worst contact percentage of his career in the process. He also logged his lowest velocity since entering the bigs and yielded more fly balls than ever. All told, the Angels’ version Allen managed the game’s 10th-worst weighted on-base average against (.419) and its fifth-highest xwOBA (.412), according to Statcast.
Even though Allen looks done at this point, the fact that he’s not far removed from a successful stint in Cleveland gives teams hope for a revival on a low-risk deal. Allen fell flat in 2018, which forced him to settle for a one-year pact last winter, though he was mostly terrific with the Indians. As a member of the Tribe’s bullpen from 2012-18, Allen put up a 2.98 ERA/3.17 FIP with 11.52 K/9 against 3.53 BB/9, and converted 149 of 172 save opportunities.