Rangers add former Indians closer Allen on minor league deal

MLB Baseball

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP)The Texas Rangers have agreed to a minor league contract with former Cleveland closer Cody Allen, who will report to major league spring training.

If added to the 40-man roster, Allen would get a one-year contract that includes a $1.3 million salary while in the major leagues.

Allen was 0-2 with four saves and a 6.26 ERA in 25 appearances for the Los Angeles Angels last season. The 31-year-old right-hander had at least 30 saves in three straight seasons with the Indians from 2015-17.

Allen is Cleveland’s career leader in saves (149) and in appearances (456) and strikeouts (564) by a reliever.

The Angels released Allen last June after he spent time on the injured list with a lower back strain. He signed a minor league deal with Minnesota in June but was released about a month later after 11 appearances in the Twins’ farm system.

Texas also agreed to a minor league contract with left-hander Brandon Mann. The 35-year-old pitched in Japan last year. Mann was with the Rangers briefly in 2018 while spending most of the season with Texas’ Triple-A affiliate in Round Rock.

The Rangers hold their first workout for pitchers and catchers on Wednesday in Surprise, Arizona.

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