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Cody Allen’s market, possible free agents

In Cleveland Indians rumors, Cody Allen’s market hasn’t taken shape, while one writer suggested some names to help the Tribe via free agency.

There’s no shortage of free agents for baseball teams to sign, and it will probably remain that way up through the start of spring training, just like last season.

The Cleveland Indians have already lost Andrew Miller and Michael Brantley, and it would surprise nobody to see closer Cody Allen sign elsewhere.

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But with plenty of quality late-inning arms still available, Allen’s winter hasn’t been a lucrative as some might’ve guess it would be.

The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo wrote on the backlog of relievers, speculating arms such as Adam Ottavino, Adam Warren, Brad Brach, and Bud Norris could still be in line to get multi-year offers.

As for Allen, the Indians’ all-time leader in saves may have to take a one-year pact.

“…At some point there will be a rash of one-year deals,” Cafardo wrote.

Other relievers Cafardo thinks are in this category included  Greg Holland, Justin Wilson, Ryan Madson, Brad Boxberger, and Shawn Kelley.

Cleveland.com’s Paul Hoynes wrote interest in Allen increased after Miller and David Robertson signed new contracts, although those contracts weren’t exactly helpful to Allen’s cause.

“[Allen] made $10.575 million last year so the deals for Miller and Robertson don’t give him much of springboard. If they’d included one or two more guaranteed years, they would have been more beneficial.”

Even if Allen signs a one-year deal, that probably doesn’t bode well for a return to the Indians. He made $10.575 million last season, and with the Tribe cutting payroll, that sum doesn’t exactly fit into their budget.

• No guarantee that they’ll do this, but if they are going to spend some money, the team may look to upgrade the outfield and catching positions.

And if the Indians actually do neither, few would be surprised. Yes, I’m preparing for a season where Jordan Luplow, Greg Allen and Tyler Naquin begin the year as the Tribe’s starting outfield.

The Indians are rumored to be less likely to trade Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer, which means maybe they do pay someone (a small amount).

Catching wise, Cleveland.com’s Paul Hoynes wrote  A.J. Ellis, Drew Butera or Caleb Joseph could be possibilities.

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In the outfield, Hoynes gave the names of Robbie Grossman, Avisail Garcia, Hunter Pence, Derek Dietrich or Hunter Pence.

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