Texas Rangers: 5 relievers to consider signing on multi-year deals

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BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 13: Joe Kelly #56 of the Boston Red Sox walks to the dugout after being relieved in the eighth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park on September 13, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts.(Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 13: Joe Kelly #56 of the Boston Red Sox walks to the dugout after being relieved in the eighth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park on September 13, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts.(Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /
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CLEVELAND, OH – SEPTEMBER 05: Cody Allen #37 of the Cleveland Indians throws out Rosell Herrera #7 of the Kansas City Royals at first base during the eighth inning at Progressive Field on September 5, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians defeated the Royals 3-1. (Photo by Ron Schwane/Getty Images) /

Cody Allen

Age 29

ERA vs. AL West Opponents

Houston Astros: 0.69 (26 appearances)

Oakland Athletics: 5.74 (17 appearances

Seattle Mariners: 4.50 (17 appearances)

Los Angeles Angels: 2.65 (16 appearances)

Cody Allen has developed the reputation of being a lights out closer. He was an integral piece in a near World Series victory in 2016 and he had a streak of five consecutive seasons with a sub-3.00 ERA. That streak was broken this year.

In 2018, Allen has a 4.06 ERA, a 1.306 WHIP and has allowed 11 home runs in 64.1 innings. This marks the first season he’s given up double-digit homers.

Allen has settled down in the closing months, but an overall underwhelming campaign may lessen his value as a free agent. If the asking price is reasonable, the Texas Rangers could make a move.

Just like the Robertson scenario, Allen would hold the role as the Rangers’ set up man. He will likely gain closer interest this offseason; however, the interest won’t be considerable enough to pass on a multi-year, lucrative offer to come to Texas.

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