As August comes to an end, the Toronto Blue Jays could look to bring in Boone Logan as a solution to their left handed bullpen concerns.
The Toronto Blue Jays are in first place in the American League East. They look to be in good shape to make the playoffs again this season. But, if they are going to do so, and be successful there, they will need to address their left handed reliever concerns. With Brett Cecil struggling and Aaron Loup designated for assignment, it looks like a solution may have to come from outside the organization. And, with days left until the end of the August 31st trade deadline period, perhaps they should turn their attention to Colorado.
In Colorado, there is a lefty reliever that is having a pretty good season. His name is Boone Logan. Blue Jays fans might recognize him from his New York Yankees days. Well, now he’s in the final year of his 3 yr pact with the Rockies and is finally performing well. It is for that reason that MLBTR chose him as a guy who could be on the move in the final days of August.
Let’s get this out of the way, first: should the Rockies decide that their 8 game Wild Card deficit (10 games out of the division) is too much to overcome, they very well could place Logan on waivers to see what they can get for him. That would mean that he would have to clear through every team in the National League before the Blue Jays even have a chance to claim him. Let’s suppose that he does clear waivers and no one wants to pick up the remainder of his $6M (which seems like it would be very little to pay for an effective lefty), one would have to think that the cost of renting a bullpen arm in a trade would be minimal. So, the potential is there for Logan to be quite affordable in either scenario.
It is important to note that there is no evidence that the Blue Jays are looking to Colorado to get Logan. This is not to start any rumors. But, there is plenty of evidence that the Blue Jays need a reliable left-handed bullpen arm. Last season, Cecil was the guy. He hadn’t given up a run in the entire second half and was lights out. This year, the same cannot be said. In 27.1 innings, Cecil has been credited with 7 losses. He has an ERA of 4.94. He’s been hurt by a BABIP of .351, but his strike out rate (24.8%) is down from last season’s mark of 32.7%. Where batters hit .197 against him in 2015, 2016 is yielding a robust .286. And, for good maysure, his WHIP has gone from 0.96 to 1.46.
And, do we really need to mention the struggles Loup has endured? He was great in AAA for the Bisons, but could not translate that to the big leagues, as evidenced by his efforts in making a blow out against the Twins far closer than it should have been. So, what is the club to do? They designated Loup for assignment, so for right now, they’re rolling with Cecil.
Enter Boone Logan. He’s putting together a season where he has 45 strike outs in 37.2 innings. He’s only given up one home run all season. One. In 150 batters faced. Did we mention he’s pitching in Colorado? He has late inning potential as he’s finished 7 games for the Rockies to go along with his 22 holds. The 32 yr old soon to be free agent has a ground ball rate of 52.3%, which would be nice, given the defense playing behind him. A quick, late inning double play ball to end a threat sure would be nice around here. He doesn’t see much hard contact and his HR/FB rate is quite low (3.8%).
Logan is basically a 2 pitch hurler. He offers a 93 mpg fastball and a slider 83 mph slider. He has a ‘show me’ change up, but does not use it often. But, here’s what we really want to know: left handed batters (96 batters faced) are hitting just .205 against him. They’ve whiffed 32 times. Righties haven’t done much better with a .252 average. But, Logan could very well be that lefty specialist the Blue Jays need late in games.
There is nothing out there that says Logan has passed through waivers and that the Rockies are free to deal him. There is no evidence that the Toronto Blue Jays are interested in Boone Logan. There is evidence that the Toronto Blue Jays have a glaring need in their bullpen that Boone Logan could fill nicely. If the club is going to play in some big games down the stretch, they are going to have to address the left handed reliever concern. Perhaps a deal with the Rockies could to just that.
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