CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – At the start of the offseason, the Cleveland Indians’ front office did not believe they would be able to sign slugger Edwin Encarnacion or lefty Boone Logan.
They ended up getting both.
On Tuesday, Cleveland made the signing of left-handed reliever Boone Logan official, confirming last week’s reported agreement.
Logan will earn $5.5 million this upcoming season from the Indians. The team will also own a club option on the bullpen arm for 2018 worth $7 million with a $1 million buyout.
“Boone is a perfect complement to our team,” Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti said during Tuesday’s conference call with the media.
“We think it will provide Tito another option later in games to match up against some of the toughest left handed hitters in our division and our league.”
The 32-year-old reliever posted a 3.69 ERA (3.23 FIP) in 46 1/3 innings with the Colorado Rockies last season. The lefty hurler held left-handed hitters to a .142/.222/.255 slash line in 2016.
Overall, lefty batters have managed a .670 OPS against Logan over his 11-year Major-League career.
An agreement with the southpaw was first reported last week by Fox Sports and Cleveland.com.
“We tried to find the right guy to fit our bullpen,” Antonetti said. “Boone, we feel, is that guy.”
Logan joins a talented Indians bullpen that already features Andrew Miller, Cody Allen, Bryan Shaw, Zach McAllister and Dan Otero.
Cleveland’s final bullpen spot (or spots) will be determined in Spring Training among a group of Minor-League and non-roster candidates, including: Shawn Armstrong, Joe Colon, Carlos Frias, Kyle Crockett, Steve Delabar, Nick Goody, Perci Garner and several others.
The addition of Logan — not to mention their signing of the market’s top slugger, Encarnacion, to a three-year, $60 million deal earlier this offseason — takes Cleveland’s payroll for 2017 above the $120-million mark, the highest in franchise history.
On top of possessing one of baseball’s best bullpens, the Indians are also set up with a solid starting rotation and a potentially deep and dangerous lineup, giving Cleveland a legitimate shot at another deep playoff run this upcoming season.
Antonetti noted it took a gigantic commitment from ownership to land the two talented free agents this offseason.
“It continues to be a significant (financial) stretch,” Antonetti said.
“At the start of the offseason, I didn’t think we’d have any opportunity to sign Edwin or Boone — let alone both of them — given how well they’ve performed, the markets we expected them to command and also where we expected our payroll parameters to be. Because of the incredible leap of faith by ownership, we were able to acquire two of our very top targets at our primary needs.”
To make room on the 40-man roster for Logan, the Indians designated 30-year-old pitcher Austin Adams for assignment.