Free-agent reliever Cody Allen, whom the Angels released Tuesday, is drawing substantial interest. At least 11 teams have inquired about Allen, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
The Angels signed the 30-year-old Allen to an $8.5MM guarantee in the offseason, but the union provided disastrous for the club. Allen registered an awful 6.26 ERA/8.34 FIP with 11.35 K/9, 7.83 BB/9 and a paltry 19.7 percent groundball rate in 23 innings before the Angels cut the cord on him. The right-hander posted his lowest swinging-strike rate since 2012, his first season, and the worst contact percentage of his career in the process. He also logged his lowest velocity since entering the bigs and yielded more fly balls than ever.