Despite the 3.69 ERA out of the Rockies' bullpen, Boone Logan was easily the most consistent and reliable reliever for Colorado in 2016. The left-hander posted a great 11.07 K/9 and 1.01 WHIP, while even keeping the ball in the park at a reasonable rate (0.78 HR/9). It seems to be fairly sustainable, as well. Logan's 1.49 groundball-to-flyball ratio from 2016 bodes extremely well for a pitcher who calls Coors Field his home. His 3.23 FIP suggests that he actually pitched better than his ERA suggests. Plus, he was actually more effective at home this season (2.35 ERA, zero home runs allowed, compared to a 5.01 ERA and four home runs allowed on the road). At 32 years old, Logan still is one of the better LOOGYs in baseball, and after signing a one-year deal with the Indians over the offseason, he seems to be in line for a good amount of high-leverage appearances and could see more success now that he doesn't have to pitch half his games at Coors Field.
Discounting his spring debut, Logan has allowed just one run while striking out eight hitters in his last six Cactus League appearances (5.2 innings). Logan's first exhibition outing (four runs on two hits and two walks) can be thrown to the wayside. The Tribe's prize bullpen acquisition has since settled in and looks more like the southpaw that held hitters to a .166 BAA over 66 games last season. Logan's role on his new team probably won't be as fantasy-relevant as it was in Colorado over the past three years, but he still can offer serviceable numbers in deep settings. If Andrew Miller or Cody Allen unexpectedly miss time, then Logan's value will get an immense boost, as well.
Logan will be used to lighten the load on fellow-lefty Andrew Miller and limit the latter's exposure to right-handed hitters, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. Logan gives Francona an experienced lefty who held left-handed batters to a .142 average (.477 OPS) last season with Colorado. The veteran is entering his 12th major league season after notching a career-high 27 holds with the Rockies last year. He's expected to handle a heavy workload for the Tribe in 2017, but with Miller in the way, Boone, who has 50 holds over his last 126 appearances, may see a slight dip in hold opportunities.
Logan signed a one-year, $5.5 million contract with the Indians on Tuesday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. The deal was agreed upon last week, but the Indians officially announced the signing on Tuesday, designating Austin Adams at the same time to make room on the roster. Logan has been dominant against lefties over his career, holding opponents to a .142 batting average while posting a 40:9 K:BB ratio against 119 batters in 2016. He'll be an important part of the stacked Indians bullpen in 2017.
Logan agreed to a contract with the Indians on Thursday pending a physical, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. The terms of the contract are currently unknown, but this move is big for Cleveland's bullpen. Although they already have one of the best lefties in the game residing in their bullpen (Andrew Miller) as well as Ryan Merritt and Shawn Morimando competing for innings, Logan has been one of the top LOOGY's in the league for quite some time, most recently holding opposing lefties to a .142 batting average while posting a 40:9 K:BB in 119 chances. The 32-year-old may not be as prominent of a piece as he was in the Rockies bullpen, but he should continue to eat up a significant number of innings if he can continue to get left-handed hitters out consistently.
Logan, who's spent the last three seasons with the Rockies, is drawing interest on the free agent market from the Blue Jays, Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports. Finding a left-handed reliever has been a task for the Jays since losing Brett Cecil to free agency in mid-November. Logan is perhaps the top southpaw reliever left on the market after finishing a three-year, $16.5 million deal with the Rockies. The 32-year-old posted a 3.69 ERA and 1.01 WHIP with 57 strikeouts in 66 appearances over 46.1 innings last season. Playing in the AL East won't be new for Logan, who spent four seasons with the Yankees from 2010 to 2013. He led the AL with 80 appearances in 2012.