More than two weeks ago, a report emerged from a local reporter in San Antonio that the Milwaukee Brewers had agreed to terms with veteran left-hander Boone Logan. The deal was said to be pending a physical at that time, and according to Adam McCalvy that hurdle has now finally been cleared and Logan will be indeed be joining the Brewers for the 2018 season:
Lefty reliever Boone Logan has passed a physical with the Brewers, source says, and is finalizing a one-year deal with a club option for '19. $2.5M guaranteed. Story coming to the site shortly.— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) January 5, 2018
Per McCalvy, Logan’s deal with pay him a base salary of $1.875 mil in 2018. The one-year pact includes a club option for 2019 at a rate of $4.125 mil and a $625K buyout if the option is declined to make the total guarantee $2.5 mil. Logan can earn up to $3.2 mil in incentives in each season based on appearance and innings pitched totals.
Logan debuted in the big leagues back in 2006 and has spent parts of 12 seasons pitching for the White Sox, Braves, Yankees, Rockies, and Indians. A left-handed specialist, he’s made 619 appearances in his career but has totaled only 431.1 innings pitched. He owns an ERA of 4.47 across that span and a DRA- of 100, along with marks of 9.7 K/9, 3.9 BB/9, and a 46.5% ground ball rate. The southpaw relies primarily on his slider and has held fellow lefties to a meager .229/.311/.361 slash during his time as a Major Leaguer. Conversely, righties have pounded him to the tune of .286/.373/.472 line.
A lat injury limited Logan to 21.0 innings spread across 38 appearances in 2017, during which time he compiled a 4.71 ERA and below-average DRA- of 101. He did strike out 28 of the 91 batters he faced, however.
The club has not yet confirmed the move, but the 40 man roster is full so when it is announced a corresponding transaction will be required to clear space. It stands to reason that one of the three in-house arms who profile as lefty specialists - Wei-Chung Wang, Tyler Webb, or Oliver Drake - may be at risk of losing their spot.
Statistics courtesy of Fangraphs and Baseball Prospectus