CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Adding a second lefty to the bullpen was one of the last unchecked items on the Indians’ offseason to-do list.
It appears Cleveland can finally fill in that box.
The Indians have reached an agreement with left-handed reliever Boone Logan on a one-year deal worth $5.5 million plus a club option for $7 million, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports. News of an agreement pending a physical was first reported by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.com.
Nothing has been confirmed by the team at this time.
For manager Terry Francona, adding another lefty would benefit the team only if the reliever was consistently capable of getting left-handed hitters out.
“It’s not just having a second lefty,” Francona said during TribeFest. “It’s having one you can depend on. There’s a little bit of a difference.”
Logan certainly fits that mold.
The 6-foot-5 reliever excelled at getting left-handed hitters out this past season, limiting opposing lefty batters to a .142/.222/.255 slash line in 66 appearances with the Colorado Rockies. The 32-year-old southpaw allowed 19 runs in 46 1/3 innings (3.69 ERA), striking out 57 and walking 20.
Logan has held left-handed hitters to a .634 OPS over the past five seasons and his 19.8 K-BB% in 2016 was ranked 21st in National League among pitchers with at least 40 innings pitched.
Once the deal becomes official, the lefty hurler will make one of baseball’s best bullpens even stronger.
Cleveland, already possessing a solid starting rotation, has dominant lefty Andrew Miller for the next two seasons, adding to a talented relief group that includes Cody Allen, Bryan Shaw, Zach McAllister and Dan Otero.
The addition of Logan, who was on the club’s radar at the 2016 MLB Trade Deadline before the acquisition of Miller, adds to Cleveland’s universally applauded offseason.
The highlight of the Indians’ winter activity was the signing of Edwin Encarnacion to a three-year deal worth $60 million with a club option for 2020, giving the Tribe’s solid offense an even bigger upgrade.
After being designated for assignment last week by Cleveland, former Indians first base prospect Jesus Aguilar was claimed by the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday.
The 26-year-old Aguilar, who went 10-for-58 (.172) over three seasons at the Major-League level, was originally designated and removed from the 40-man roster to make room for third baseman Richie Shaffer, who was claimed from the Cincinnati Reds.
Shaffer was later waived after the Indians acquired right-handed pitcher Carlos Frias in a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers earlier this week. The infielder cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Columbus and offered an invitation to big-league camp this spring.