The Cleveland Indians were one win away from the World Series title in 2016. On Thursday, the team added Boone Logan a southpaw reliever to its already deep and talented bullpen.
The deal is for one year with a club option for another season. It is not yet known what the terms were for the contract. However, one thing is for sure, the excellent bullpen of the Indians just became even better.
Cleveland was No. 4 ranked in all of baseball in ERA for bullpens in 2016 at 3.45. That figure included just the final two months of the season with Andrew Miller after the relief specialist was acquired before the trade deadline from the Yankees.
In 2017, the Indians will have Miller for the entire season along with Cody Allen the top stopper in the pen, Dan Otero a right set up man with an ERA of 1.53 and right-handers Zach McAllister and Bryan Shaw.
If the bullpen lacked anything, it was another strong left-hander to compliment the talented Miller. That was an important hole to fill due to Miller not being a specialist. However, Logan is and his signing filled an important void on the pitching staff.
Logan, who is 32, has held left-handed hitters to a career line of .233/.308./360. In 2016, while with the Colorado Rockies, Logan finished with an ERA of 3.69, 1.01 WHIP, while striking out 57 batters across 46 plus innings. He has finished higher than 11 strikeouts per 9 innings in the past five consecutive seasons.
Expect the new southpaw in the bullpen to keep opposing batters off base, miss balls at a high rates of frequency and to hold down opposing left-handed hitters.
Simply put, Cleveland already had one of the best bullpens in base that got even better this week.
The bottom line is that the signing was great news in Cleveland, the defending American League Champions and was bad news for every other team in the AL.
Last season, Cleveland won 97 games during the regular season. The Indians won the AL Pennant and took the Chicago Cubs to seven games before losing the World Series.
It appears Cleveland’s toughest opponent could be the Boston Red Sox after they picked up Chris Sale in the offseason. With Sale and David Price in the Red Sox starting rotation, Boston will be a tough opponent for the Indians.