Texas Rangers: 5 relievers to consider signing on multi-year deals
By Travis Koch
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.