The Milwaukee Brewers announced their first two major signings of the winter this afternoon, but that may not be all Slingin’ David Stearns has up his sleeve. A report from this earlier evening indicates that Milwaukee is close to adding a veteran left-hander to the fold:
According to reporter Chuck Miketinac of Fox San Antonio, the Brewers have a deal in place with the well-traveled Boone Logan. The San Antonio native began his career as a 20th-round draft pick of the White Sox all the way back in 2002 and made his debut for the South Siders in 2006. He’s spent parts of the last 12 seasons pitching at the game’s highest level with the White Sox, Braves, Yankees, Rockies, and Indians.
Logan is a classic LOOGY (left-handed one out guy); he’s appeared in 619 contests at the MLB level, but has logged only 431.1 innings. In that time he’s compiled a 4.47 ERA/4.50 DRA/100 DRA- with 9.7 K/9 and 3.9 BB/9. For his career he’s held same-handed hitters to a .234/.311/.361 slash versus .292/.373/.472 against right-handed batters.
As mentioned in Miketinac’s tweet, the 33 year old Logan dealt with injuries in 2017 that limited him to 38 appearances and 21.0 innings with the Indians. His ERA was 4.71, but he did strike out 28 batters against 9 walks while serving up only two home runs. His fastball velocity was as good as it’s ever been, averaging 94.3 MPH last season (94.0 MPH for his career). Logan relies predominantly on his slider, which he threw 60% of the time last season. He also throws a sinker and will rarely mix in a changeup.
The Indians declined Logan’s contract option after the season, allowing him to become a free agent. There have been no indications about whether this would be a Major League or Minor League deal, though given the fact that Logan is coming off an injury-plagued season the commitment figures to be relatively minimal either way. The club has not yet confirmed or announced the signing, which is reportedly pending a physical.
Statistics courtesy of Fangraphs and Baseball Prospectus