The hot stove is just beginning to heat up, with qualifying offers being issues (and mostly declined) and names being leaked every which way. With that in mind, there is a report circulating that could affect the future of the Washington Nationals and their bullpen.
The Nats expressed interest in lefty reliever Boone Logan, and other picked up pieces from the GM Meetings. http://t.co/zuIXORN63u
— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) November 12, 2013
Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that the Nats have made called on left-handed relief pitcher (and former New York Yankee) Boone Logan in preparation for 2014. There is little in the way of detail regarding the reported overtures, but Logan would seem to be a prime candidate for one of the bigger deals on the relief pitcher market this off-season.
The 29-year-old lefty has spent the past 4 seasons with the New York Yankees, posting a sub-4.00 ERA each year, and 2013 reminded everyone of how effective he can be. In 39 innings (61 games), Logan posted a 3.23 ERA with a sparkling 11.54 strikeouts per 9 innings, and only a late-season injury kept him from posting a higher impact stat line. That type of production for this long of a period is extremely valuable, especially in a left-hander, and his age makes him even more attractive on what could be a multi-year deal.
Washington’s bullpen was once dominant, but in 2013, it certainly plateaued (to be kind) and Logan could potentially infuse some life for the right price. Stay tuned as reports continue to surface.