Sign Boone Logan
New York’s bullpen features a surplus of weapons.
They have Aroldis Chapman, who will effectively shut the game down, Dellin Betances who will retain his role as a nasty setup man and Tyler Clippard and Adam Warren will help even out a middle relief unit that was a huge disappointment in 2016.
What they are missing, however, is a proven and consistent lefty specialist.
Chasen Shreve had a fantastic 2015 campaign but fell off towards the end (4.76 ERA in the second half) and while he coped with an injury a year ago, he ran into trouble against left-handed batters.
Overall, lefties slashed .275/.383/.675 off the southpaw Shreve while hitting a home run every 10 at-bats. Tommy Layne came up huge following his acquisition and is a lefty specialist but should be complemented with another trustworthy left arm — who is also a familiar face.
Boone Logan is coming off a steadfast year where he maintained a 3.69 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, and 57 strikeouts compared to 20 walks ratio in 46.1 innings of work.
Plus, his .166/.265/.313 opponent’s slash line (keep in mind: he pitched in Coors Field) could bring down the seventh-worst HR/9 rate Yankees’ relievers posted throughout the second half of last season.
Lefties also slashed .142/.222/.255 against him a year ago while hitting just one home run in 82 at-bats.
In terms of what contract would attract Logan, think about a deal comparable to his previous one, which was the area of two years and $4.5-5.5 million per year. Considering his age and consistency in 2016, a settlement similar to his last could be anticipated.