Just one day after his market seemingly took a hit with the Washington Nationals (who had previous interest) trading for Jerry Blevins, former Yankees reliever Boone Logan has reportedly signed a 3-year deal with the Colorado Rockies.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 13, 2013
Jon Heyman of CBS also reports that the deal will be worth $16.5 million over the 3 seasons, and that is probably the bigger story. $5.5 million annually for any reliever is noteworthy, but when that reliever comes in a defined role other than the closer’s spot, it’s sure to make headlines and provide other free agents with added leverage in negotiations.
In 2013, Logan was very effective with the Yankees, posting a 3.23 ERA over 39 innings (61 appearances), but those aren’t the kind of lights-out numbers that you’d likely expect with this type of contract. Still, Logan is a consistent, quality left-hander (a rare commodity) with the ability to strikeout batters, with a career K/9 of 9.01 peaking with two straight seasons with more than 11 strikeouts per 9 innings.
The Colorado bullpen is still a bit unsettled as incumbent “closer” Rex Brothers is also a left-hander that the team has been reluctant to use in that role moving forward, but in Coors Field, you need good arms, and they now have (at least) two from the left side.