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.
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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.
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.
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.