Before the drama with free agent starting pitchers and the apparent lack of a market for free agent closers this year, there were left handed set-up men getting signed quickly and to lucrative deals.
Boone Logan was one such pitcher, inking a three year, $16.5 million deal with the Colorado Rockies. Now he and the team are just hoping that he will be available to make his Rockies debut on Opening Day.
Logan had surgery to remove bone chips from his throwing elbow this off-season. As he works his way back from that procedure he threw his first bullpen session on Saturday. Troy Renck of the Denver Post writes the following about Logan’s progress:
Pitching coach Jim Wright said he’s ‘hopeful’ Logan will outrace the clock. Logan threw 25 pitches and will repeat the assignment Tuesday. He used his breaking pitches, another sign he’s making progress after having bone chips removed from his elbow over the winter.”
With the Rockies it often becomes a question of overuse and simply not having enough Major League capable arms in the bullpen. That is not to say that it is impossible for them to have a quality bullpen, something they have accomplished in the past. They made multiple moves this off-season, also signing LaTroy Hawkins to bolster their ‘pen. Logan is a key piece of their plans and could even be a candidate to close games at some point this season.
In 2013 Logan posted a 3.23 ERA in 61 appearances for the New York Yankees.