Remaining Free Agents Who Make Sense for the Yankees
While he would have nowhere near the potential impact of Ross, adding a proven lefty reliever like Boone Logan to beef up the middle relief corps could be another way to improve next year’s thin pitching staff.
I’ve generally been in favor of relying on the Scranton Shuttle to fill out the middle innings the last two years, but with few of those guys establishing themselves as reliable options, it’s understandable that Cashman might be looking for someone who could provide some certainty.
The 32-year-old Logan defied the odds in Coors Field last year by putting up a solid 3.69 and 3.23 FIP in 66 appearances for Colorado, most importantly holding lefty batters to a .142/.222/.255 slash line.
After losing Tyler Webb in the Rule 5 draft, New York has two hit-or-miss options in Tommy Layne and Chasen Shreve currently penciled into their bullpen. Logan is a clear upgrade there. While it may seem like a small one, if the front office can make a few of these incremental improvements to finish out the offseason, the cumulative effect could be worthwhile.
As a bonus, Logan is a known commodity in the Bronx, having played a key role in Yankees manager Joe Girardi‘s bullpen from 2010-2013, compiling a 3.38 ERA and 3.63 FIP over those four seasons.