Cubs Sign Cody Allen To Minor League Deal

By 670 The Score
(670 The Score) In search of answers in a bullpen that has been abysmal, the Cubs are taking a flier on a former elite reliever who has struggled in recent seasons.

Chicago has signed righty reliever Cody Allen to a minor league deal. Allen, 31, will report to the team's alternate camp at South Bend.

Allen joins the Cubs after posting a 6.26 ERA and 1.91 WHIP in 25 appearances for the Angels in 2019. He also had a disappointing 2018, with a 4.70 ERA in 70 appearances for the Indians.

Prior to that, Allen had been dominant, posting a 2.99 ERA or better in five straight seasons. He was a key member of the Indians team that lost to the Cubs in seven games in the 2016 World Series, in which he threw six scoreless innings against Chicago.

The Cubs' bullpen has an MLB-worst 9.64 ERA in 18 2/3 innings in the first six games of its season.

With the addition of Allen, the Cubs' 60-man player pool sits at 58 individuals.