Twins begin bullpen fix by signing former Indians closer Cody Allen

Allen was dominant in Cleveland's bullpen for six years.
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After being released by the Angels, the Twins have agreed to a minor-league deal with right-handed relief pitcher, Cody Allen. 

The deal has been confirmed by multiple reporters, including the beat writer embedded with the Twins, Do-Hyoung Park. 

Allen was released by the Angels earlier in the week after he posted an ugly 6.26 ERA in 23 innings out of the bullpen. He's allowed nine homers and 20 walks to go along with 29 strikeouts.

Allen signed a one-year, $8.5 million deal with the Angels last offseason after spending the first seven years of his MLB career in Cleveland, where he was dominant from 2013 to 2017 before he began struggling in 2018. 

If Allen, who struck out 449 batters in 341 1/3 innings between 2014 and 2018, can return to his dominant form, he could be a valuable asset in Minnesota's bullpen during the second half of the season and into the playoffs. 

Minnesota's bullpen, which had its struggles again on Saturday, is eighth in the American League with a 4.45 ERA, but the likes of Ryne Harper, Blake Parker, Trevor May and even Taylor Rogers have been beaten up in June. 

It's unclear if the Twins have plans to quickly bring Allen to the 25-man roster. 

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