ached an agreement with the Los Angeles Angels http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authentic-b.j.-upton-jersey , according to ESPN.com's Jeff Passan and Alden Gonzalez.The Athletic'sKen Rosenthalfirst reported Allen and the Angels were working on a one-year deal pending a physical. Passan provided more details on the negotiations:Jeff Passan JeffPassanCody Allen had been discussing deals in the one-year, $9 million range, sources tell ESPN. He also had been talking about deals that included a second-year option, though its unclear if he received that from the Los Angeles Angels. Ken_Rosenthal was first to report discussions.On Friday, Rosenthal reported the deal was worth $8.5 million guaranteed, with another $2.5 million in bonuses.The 30-year-old right-hander is coming off the worst season of his MLB career. His 4.70 ERA was nearly two runs higher than his 2017 mark (2.94), and his 4.56 FIP ranked 131st among qualified relievers.Allen's poor ERA and FIP weren't the results of a few bad outings either, which can sometimes happen with relief pitchers given their limited usage. He averaged 10.7 strikeouts and 4.4 walks per nine innings, his worst marks in each category since his rookie year in 2012.Allen deserved some share of the blame for Cleveland Indians relievers' collective rankings of 26th in FIP (4.53) and 30th in home runs per nine innings (1.51).Historically speaking, relievers age less gracefully than starting pitchers. Even a slight dip in velocity can carry significant consequences for a relief pitcher.That may be what's happening with Allen. According to Brooks Baseball, he averaged a career-low 94.3 mph on his four-seam fastball in 2018. Not coincidentally, opposing hitters had a .441 slugging percentage and .221 isolated power against Allen's fastball.The effect of the velocity drop is particularly acute for Allen, who basically throws two pitches: the four-seam fastball and a curveball. If Allen's fastball is no longer the weapon it once was, then he could be in trouble going forward.Given all of the concerning metrics surrounding Allen's 2018 performance Joe Carter Jersey , a return to the Indians never looked likely.Bryan Shaw appeared in 378 games over five seasons for Cleveland before hitting free agency last offseason. Despite the fact that he was one of the most dependable late-inning options for the Indians, the team opted against bringing him back.At the time, the decision looked risky, but Cleveland has been vindicated. Shaw sported a 4.92 FIP in his first year with the Colorado Rockies. All of the mileage he put on his right arm with the Indians may be catching up with him.Cleveland appears to be taking the same approach with Allen.TheAngels, on the other hand, are counting on a return to form from the seven-year veteran. In order for that to happen, Allen may need to change his approach on the mound, something he can discuss in spring training withBrad Ausmusandpitching coach Doug White.Allen will almost certainly open the 2019 season as Los Angeles' closer. Nine different pitchers recorded a save for the team, and last year's team leader in saves, Blake Parker, signed a one-year, $1.8 million deal with the Minnesota Twins.For all of his faults, Allen addresses a clear need for the Angels, and Los Angeles needs to do everything it can to capitalize on the two years in which Mike Trout is still under contract. Stats are courtesy ofFanGraphsunless otherwise noted. The Orioles’ captain is among the many MLB players who were automatically added to the free agent market yesterday. Where will he find a home in 2019?"Good morning http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authentic-b.j.-upton-jersey , Camden Chatters.How did you enjoy your first day of the MLB offseason yesterday? Did you finally catch up on some tasks you’ve been meaning to get around to for the last few months? Did you dare check out some — gasp — other sports?Or maybe you’re already missing baseball. Don’t worry; only 116 days until the Orioles open Grapefruit League action in Sarasota. By that time, presumably, they will actually have a GM and a manager, but as of this moment nobody seems to have any clue who will fill those positions.One person who almost certainly won’t be suiting up for the O’s at next year’s camp is Adam Jones. The Birds’ longest-tenured player officially became a free agent on Monday morning, along with more than a hundred other big leaguers, and he’s free to sign with any club as early as Saturday. The O’s made it clear at the end of the 2018 season that Jones wasn’t in their plans for the future, and Orioles fans gave him an appreciative sendoff in the final game of the year.In all likelihood, Jones will look to latch on with a contending team for a two- or three-year deal, ending his 11-season tenure in Baltimore. Of course, it’s always possible that whoever becomes the next O’s GM will happen to be a big Adam Jones fan and try to bring him back as a mentor for a young team. I wouldn’t count on it, but stranger things have happened.LinksFormer Oriole Steve Pearce is a most deserving World Series MVP - BaltimoreBaseball.comThe one bright spot of the Red Sox winning the World Series is that former O’s fan favorite and genuine good guy Steve Pearce got a ring and MVP honors.Baltimore Orioles: What to do when your nemesis wins the World Series - BirdsWatcherThe author’s answer to the question is, “Wait ‘til next year.” But when it turns out next year isn’t any better, then what?For Orioles, let history be your guide Corey Kluber Jersey , hire a general manager first – The AthleticDespite the headline, this story mostly reads as a summary of Dan Duquette’s up-and-down tenure with the Orioles. Take a look back at all his greatest hits and most head-scratching failures.McKenna omitted from AFL Fall Stars Game roster - School of RochTIL there’s an All-Star Game for the Arizona Fall League called the Fall Stars. The Orioles’ Ryan McKenna somehow didn’t make it, despite eye-popping offensive numbers in the AFL.Sources: After postseason antics, Yankees 'lukewarm' on signing Manny Machado | SNYIn ex-Orioles news, Manny Machado is possibly down one free agent suitor after the Yankees soured on his postseason antics. Yeah, I’m not buying it. I remain convinced he’ll be a Yankee until I see him sign on the dotted line with another team.Orioles birthdays and historyIs today your birthday? Happy birthday! You share that honor with Luis Matos, who turns the big 4-0 today. Matos spent all but 14 games of his 508-game big league career with the Orioles from 2000-2006. Remember when we were all unnaturally excited about the Birds’ young outfield of Matos, Larry Bigbie, and Jay Gibbons? What were we thinking?On this day in 1986, the O’s traded homegrown righty Storm Davis to the Padres after five years in Baltimore. Storm returned to the Orioles six years later, where he was reunited with his childhood best friend Glenn Davis, who was unrelated to him but was practically raised as his brother.