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Cubs add potential bullpen reinforcement in Cody Allen

4 years agoTony Andracki

The Cubs added some relief depth Friday in the form of veteran Cody Allen.

Allen inked a minor-league deal with the Cubs Friday afternoon and will be assigned to South Bend. The move brought the Cubs’ 60-man Player Pool to 58.

Cubs fans will remember Allen as the closer of the Cleveland Indians World Series team in 2016. He notched a save and did not allow a run in 4 appearances, striking out 12 Cubs in 6 innings in that Fall Classic.

Allen, 31, has a career 3.14 ERA with 153 saves in the regular season. He has struggled over the past two seasons, with a 5.10 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 95 games with the Indians and Angels.

The Angels released Allen last June and he caught on with the Twins a few days later. Minnesota released him last July and he signed a minor-league deal with the Rangers in February.

Texas initially included Allen on its 60-man roster, but released him last week.

“He’s gonna try to build back up to the pitcher that we’ve seen in the past, a guy we’ve faced,” David Ross said. “When he’s right and his stuff’s right, he’s a pretty darn good big-league pitcher.”

The Cubs are still searching for the right mix in the bullpen and taking a flier on a guy of Allen’s caliber presents a low-risk, high-reward option.

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