Well, well, well. It’s you again. You just can’t get enough, can you? You seamheaded gluttons.
- With the commencement of spring training, speculation shifts from player acquisition from player usage. One of the key storylines regarding usage this year revolves around Michael Kopech, who hasn’t seen regular-season action since 2018, but remains one of Chicago’s bright young pitching building blocks.
Correction: I was told not to assume that Kopech *begins* 2021 in the #MLB rotation, as the Sox won't rush him, but the team has been pleased with his progress through the offseason. Those familiar with his work in recent months believe he can be an impact starter this year. https://t.co/kmTZ6lIRbz— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) February 14, 2021
- That’s a wrap on Cody Allen’s career, according to a report from Jon Heyman earlier this week.
Cody Allen, 32, drew some interest but has decided to retire. Nice career. 153 saves, all but four of them with the Indians. Was the closer of their 2016 World Series team, pitching in 4 WS games, and allowing no runs while striking out 12 in 6 innings, and saving Game 3, 1-0.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 17, 2021
- It was Andrew Miller who the spotlight during the 2016 postseason, as he and manager Terry Francona helped bring new-age bullpen management into the mainstream. But Allen was a seminal part of that pennant-winning bullpen; holding down a 2.67 ERA for the first six years of his career, he was untouchable during the ‘16 playoffs, not allowing a single run and finishing out eight games in ten appearances.
- In other aging Cleveland reliever news, the team handed out a non-roster invitation to old friend Blake Parker, the 36-year-old righty who was incredibly on the Twins during MLB’s last full season. To me, he seems more like a Kevin Jepsen-era guy, but a Bomba Squad figure he was. If Parker still has some gas, he’ll likely be a good piece in the Cleveland pitching system.
- 16-year veteran Oliver Perez is also back on a minor-league deal; he’s spent the last three of his seasons at Progressive Field. So is Ryan Lavarnway, who has played in 10 different major-league seasons and has slightly more than three years’ service time.
- Wily Peralta is not only notably still playing major-league baseball, he’s only 31 and he’ll be trying his luck in spring camp with the Tigers. Last seen with the ‘19 Royals, the righty sandwiched a 3.67 ERA in ‘18 with two seasons featuring brutally high earned run averages and unflattering FIPs. Still, his veteran know-how may wind up giving a boost to some of Detroit’s younger, more exciting arms.
- Another veteran arm is off to Detroit camp in the person of Julio Teheran, who was a potential Twins target not that long ago, and is now on a minor-league deal with one of the less competitive teams in the American League. Posting a 10.05 ERA and -0.8 fWAR in 31.1 pandemic-era innings did not help.
- Ooh, here’s something - the crew over at Royals Review (the Royals Revcrew, if you know what I’m saying) is still reviewing movies like their tiny barbecued hearts depend on it. Having gone through the first two installments of The Mighty Ducks, they’re now on D3, with Emilio Estevez himself.
- They’ve also announced their full minor league coaching roster, if you’re more of a baseball kind of person. (AYEABKOP?)