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Lowdown: Adam to Big Apple

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Angels are closing in on a one-year deal with free agent reliever Cody Allen.

Financial terms aren't yet known, but Rosenthal says the deal is agreed to, and pending a physical. Jeff Passan of ESPN says that the 30-year-old was discussing deals in the $9 million range, so it wouldn't be a surprise if the contract was for around that figure. Allen had the worst year of his career in 2018 with a 4.70 ERA, but he was able to save 27 games in 32 attempts, and he was among the best closers in the American League from 2014-2017. There's no obvious closing option on the Los Angeles roster right now, so you would have to assume that Allen heads into spring training the overwhelming favorite -- possibly a lock -- to handle saves for the Angels in 2019.
Jan 17 - 11:11 PM

Anthony Fenech of Free Press Sports reports that the Braves have signed RHP Jonathan Aro to a minor league deal.

Aro, 28, spent last year with the Padres after signing as a minor league free agent in November. He appeared in 38 games for Triple-A El Paso with a 3.68 ERA and a 36/19 K/BB ratio in 44 innings.
Jan 17 - 10:49 PM

Dustin Pedroia (knee) has resumed running.

Pedroia is testing his surgically-repaired left knee; an injury that limited the 35-year-old to just three games in 2018. It's still up in the air whether or not the second baseman will be ready for the start of the 2019 season, but Pedroia told reporters that he feels better than he did at this point last year. We should know more on how he reacts to the running program soon.
Jan 17 - 7:20 PM

Nationals signed LHP Vidal Nuno to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Nuno gets a split-level deal, with Heyman saying that the southpaw will get $1.3 million if he's on the Nationals. He pitched well for the Rays in 17 games last year with a 1.64 ERA, but he wasn't called up until May 23 and battled a hamstring injury over the summer. He should compete for one of the final spots in the Washington bullpen for the 2019 campaign.
Jan 17 - 6:27 PM

Marlins signed RHP Hector Noesi to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

It's a split-level deal, says Heyman, that will pay the right-hander $800,000 if he's pitching for the Marlins. It also contains "many" incentives. We haven't seen Noesi pitch in the majors since 2015, but in 2016-17, he won 35 games -- 20 in 2017 -- for the Kia Tigers of the Korean Baseball Organization, although he did struggle with a 4.60 ERA in the KBO in 2018. He should get a chance to compete for a spot on the Marlins' pitching staff, but he'll be hard to trust given his lack of success (5.30 ERA in 395 1/3 innings) as an MLB pitcher.
Jan 17 - 6:24 PM

Red Sox president of operations Dave Dombrowski told reporters on Thursday that it's unlikely Carson Smith (shoulder) is ready for the start of the season.

The Red Sox brought back Smith as a non-roster invite, but it sounds like we won't get to see the 29-year-old pitch in spring training. Injuries have plagued Smith since he was acquired from the Mariners in the deal for Wade Miley, and he has appeared in just 29 games since the 2016 season.
Jan 17 - 5:21 PM

Chris Cotillo of Mass Live writes that the odds of Craig Kimbrel returning to the Red Sox currently look slim.

Red Sox president of operations Dave Dombrowski recently mentioned that Boston "lost two guys" in the bullpen, and it's easy to believe that he meant Joe Kelly -- who signed with the Dodgers -- and Kimbrel. A report earlier in January from Evan Drellich from NBC Boston said that the reliever's market was crazy low, and it's possible that's due to his asking price. The reliever market is starting to thin out, so teams that struck out could come calling again. It just doesn't sound like Boston is going to be one of those teams right now. Dombrowski also mentions that Ryan Brasier, Matt Barnes, Steven Wright and Tyler Thornburg all have a chance to be the closer for the Red Sox. None of those names are Craig Kimbrel.
Jan 17 - 4:32 PM

The Athletic's Dave O'Brien reports that the Braves are not interested in a trade for Sonny Gray.

Earlier on Thursday, Fancred's Jon Heyman reported that the Yankees are "working hard" to move Gray, and mentioned the Braves as one of several teams that have been connected to the right-hander. O'Brien mentions that Atlanta could make a move for a starter, but Gray is not one of their targets at this point.
Jan 17 - 4:24 PM
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