Browsing Posts tagged Boone Logan

Let’s start with a little comparison:

  • Player A (Career): 24-12, 4.39 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, 9.0 K/9
  • Player B (Career): 32-42, 3.53 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 9.2 K/9

Player A is former LHP Boone Logan, who signed a three-year, $17.5 million deal with Colorado. Player B is the Yankees newly signed LHP Matt Thornton who signed a two-year, $7 million deal.

The 37-year-old Thornton will take over Logan’s role as the lefty specialist for a fraction of the cost. Fans may remember Thornton as a member of the Chicago White Sox bullpen from 2006 through the early part of 2013. The White Sox were unsure of what they wanted to do with Thornton so they moved him in and out of various bullpen roles. In 2010, Thornton flamed out in his bid to win the closer’s job, so he’s strictly a situational specialist. Thornton was a member of the Red Sox for the majority of the 2013 season, but was left off the post-season roster. 

Alike most aging pitchers, most of Thornton’s numbers are declining. Over the last three seasons, his K/9 has fallen from 9.5 to 7.3 to 6.5. Despite a drop in strikeouts, Thornton was very good against lefties last year, allowing just 19 hits and three walks in 89 plate appearances. Thornton will hopefully record some big outs and build the bridge to the next Yankee lefty specialist, Cesar Cabral. After striking out six hitters in 3 2/3 innings last season, Cabral will be waiting for his shot to become a full-time member of the bullpen. The signing of Thornton will hopefully make this transition much smoother in the short term. 

Many players change hats during the free agency. However, not many former ‘top prospects’ leave their first team at the age of 28. Free agent  RHP Joba Chamberlain agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million deal with the Detroit Tigers. Detroit also inked closer Joe Nathan in free agency so Joba is expected to compete for a 7th or 8th inning role. Joba was terrible last season, posting a career worst 4.93 ERA in 45 appearances. Still, many wonder what ‘may have been’ if Joba’s role was clearly defined when he first joined the Yankees in 2007. During the second half of the 2007 season, Joba captivated New York with his 100 MPH fastball and devastating slider out of the Yankee bullpen. During his six season in pinstripes, the Yankees weren’t sure whether they wanted to utilize Joba as a starter or reliever and this may have led to his inconsistencies. Randy Levine once called Joba the Yankees ‘answer to Josh Beckett’, which seems comical now. 

Even though he became an afterthought at the end of his Yankee career, I’ll always have fond memories of Joba. Joba’s infamous ‘bug game’ in Cleveland will always have a special spot in baseball history. No one could question his heart or determination as he delivered passionate arm pumps after recording big outs. Don’t forget about ‘Joba Rules’, either. Alike Phil Hughes, maybe a change of scenery will help resurrect Joba’s career. 

Joba wasn’t the only member of the Yankee bullpen to leave. LHP Boone Logan agreed to a three-year, $16.5 million (!) contract with the Colorado Rockies. Logan was known as a lefty specialist with a plus fastball who struck out 202 batters in 176 innings as a Yankee. Despite a high strikeout rate, Logan’s inconsistencies drove Yankee fans insane. Logan also had issues with his left elbow during Spring Training and he had bone spurs removed in October. During his four seasons in pinstripes, Logan’s appearances greatly varied year-to-year. Logan went from 51-to-64-to-80-to-63 appearances which displays erratic usage by Joe Girardi. We don’t know if the Yankees made him a formal offer, but Colorado definitely paid a premium since the allure of left-handed, strikeout artists are rare, regardless of their inconsistencies. 

The Toronto Blue Jays defeated the New York Yankees tonight by a final score of 5-4. It seems like the Yankees have made a bad habit of losing one run games late recently, so hopefully this slide will end in late September, when the Yankees will be preparing for a late-season run at the World Series while the Mets are making tee times in St. Petersburg.

I agree, Derek - AP

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The New York Yankees defeated the Toronto Blue Jays tonight by a final score of 6-4. Bartolo Colon was serviceable, but Boone Logan picked up the win and Dave Robertson picked up a two-inning save as the Yankees take a full-game lead over the Red Sox in the division. 

Career Hit #1 for Jesus - Jim McIsaac, Getty Images

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The New York Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox tonight by a score of 3-2. By no means was it a pretty win, but you know what? The Yankees just won their eighth straight game, and are now in sole-possession of first place in the American League East and American League with a 69-42 record. 

The Game Winner - Elsa, Getty Images

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The New York Yankees defeated the Tampa Bay Rays tonight by a score of 4-0. Curtis Granderson smashed his 26th home run on the season, giving the Yankees all the run support they would need. The four-headed monster of Freddy Garcia, Boone Logan, David Robertson, and Mariano Rivera got the shutout for the Yankees as they move a game closer to knocking the Rays out of the playoff race for good. With the victory, the Yanks are now 57-38.

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A famous broadcaster once again, ‘Welp, you can’t predict baseball, Suzyn’. Oh how the irony reigns supreme.

With the Yankees clinging to a 2-1 lead in the seventh inning with TB runners on first and second, a fly ball was hit fairly deep to center. The Grandy Man went back and lost the ball in the ceiling. We’ve seen him make that routine play time after time, but Granderson lost the ball in the ceiling, allowing all runners to advance. Boone Logan induced a grounder back to the mound for the 1-2-3 double play, but it hopped off his glove, allowing the Rays to take the lead, 3-2. The Rays would not relinquish this lead, which leads me back to this famous saying: ‘You can’t predict baseball, Suzyn’.

Crap.

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The New York Yankees defeated the Cincinnati Reds tonight by a score of 5-3. Ivan Nova looked downright dominant at times and earned his seventh victory of the year. With the win, the Yankees move to 42-29 on the season.

A-Rod Pokes a Single - Joe Robbins, Getty Images

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The New York Yankees defeated the Cleveland Indians today by a final score of 9-1. The Yankee offense got at least one hit in every inning and 18 in total. With the win, the Yankees move to 36-27 on the season.

Rex Taking Some BP - Kathy Kmonicek (AP)

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What. A. Mess. That’s all I can really say after the Yankees 4-1 win over the Orioles tonight. In a game that featured a Bartolo Colon eight inning masterpiece, a Mariano Rivera blown save, 31 total runners left on base, a Chris Dickerson cracked helmet, AJ Burnett running the bases, and Jeremy Gutherie (Thursday’s starter) coming in, in-relief, the Yankees finally prevailed, pushing their record to 22-19. There’s so much to get to with this game, so let’s gooo.

Big Bart Dealing

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