Cleveland Indians Should Add Free Agent Reliever Boone Logan

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A True “LOOGY”

There’s a reason that I only talked about his numbers versus left-handed hitters above. As lethal as Logan is versus same-sided hitters, he’s equally as bad against righties. Over the last two years, he’s posted an ugly 1.72 WHIP and .351 wOBA. His strikeout rate was just 20.7 percent while his walk rate was a disturbing 12.7 percent.

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Throw in the fact that right-handed batters hit .275 off him in that time and it’s clear that Logan is a true “LOOGY”, or lefty one-out guy. In 2016, he faced nearly twice as many left-handed hitters (119) as right-handed hitters (68).

Thanks to the presence of “bullpen ace” Andrew Miller, though, a LOOGY is just what the Indians need in the bullpen. While it was great seeing Miller come in during the fifth or sixth inning to face a David Ortiz or Anthony Rizzo, it was equally worrisome when those guys would come up again later in the game when Miller was out.

Logan would give the Indians two effective lefties to use late in games in 2017 instead of just one, and his presence would turn an already great pen into arguably the best in baseball. Plus the Tribe are in a position to carry a LOOGY, thanks to the ridiculousness of Miller and his ability to pitch in any role at any time.