Faces in the crowd: 3 new Angels to know as Pitchers & Catchers report
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Matt Harvey, Right-handed Starter
When the Angels inked the former Cy Young finalist to a one-year, $11 million deal in December, the franchise saw the potential to bring Harvey back to his early New York Met self. Heading into his seventh season in the Bigs, Harvey has been digressing over his previous three years. The 6-foot-4 Conneticut native was one of the game's best at the onset of his career, posting a 2.53 ERA and 449 strikeouts over 427 innings as a starter his first three seasons; however, things went downhill starting in 2016. Over the past three years, he has compiled a 5.39 ERA and just 274 Ks over 340 1/3 innings of work. That said, things started looking up for Harvey mid-way through the 2018 campaign when the Mets dealt him to the Cincinnati Reds. In 24 starts for the Reds, Harvey mustered a 4.50 ERA and 111 strikeouts. If Harvey can continue the turnaround he put together in Cincinnati as a Halo, the Angels could very well have found a new key cog in the starting rotation. Worth noting: Harvey was originally drafted by the Angels in the 3rd round of the 2007 MLB Draft, but elected to go to college at the University of North Carolina.
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Trevor Cahill, Right-handed Starter
A Southern California kid, Cahill signed a one-year, $9 million deal in December with the Angels to join Harvey as another bolster of support to the Halo rotation. Coming off one of his best Major League seasons in Oakland, the righty was effective over 110 innings, compiling a 3.76 ERA and 1.19 WHIP and finishing as one of just five starters (minimum 100 innings) with a ground-ball rate of at least 50 percent and a strikeout rate above 20 percent, according to MLB.com. Entering his 11th season, Cahill will be playing for his seventh team and has a career ERA of 4.08 to compliment his K/9 rate of 6.07.
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Cody Allen, Right-handed reliever
Continuing the trend of one-year deals, the Angels brought in Allen for $8.5 million to be their trusted arm to finish out games. "He has a history of closing big games in big spots. We anticipate him as our closer, and it's something we talked to him about during the negotiation process," Angels GM Billy Eppler said at the time of his signing. Allen, who played his entire major league career for the Indians, is coming off his worst season as a pro, tallying a 4.70 ERA and 84.4 save percentage. Prior to 2018, he had registered five-straight seasons with a sub-3.00 ERA. That said, over his career he has proven his ability to deliver when the team needs him most. Allen's 149 total saves are the ninth-most among active players and the most in Indians history. With the Angels working with a closer-by-committee approach for most of last season, if Allen can secure that role for the Halos, one of the best bullpens in the League will be getting a massive relief cushion.