Free Agent Forecast: Boone Logan
After four years with the Yankees, Boone Logan is officially one of the best left-handed relievers in baseball. He's appeared in over 50 games in each season in pinstripes, including a league-leading 80 games in 2012. He is incredibly effective against lefties but also good against righties, and features a power fastball and a good breaking ball. Logan had surgery to remove bone spurs in his elbow after last season. It wasn't a serious injury, and Logan was able to pitch through it in September. The 29-year-old strikes out his fair share of hitters as well. In 176 total innings for the Yankees, he struck out 202 batters.
Good lefties in the bullpen are hard to come by, and that makes Logan a commodity. Many bullpens have one or two lefties, but few teams have anyone as effective and proven as he is. He can pitch against righties as well, and has the stuff to be a setup guy on a team without options. Despite his injury, it's very possible that Logan could get a multi-year deal from a team. He should get more than Sean Burnett, who got a two-year, $8 million contract from the Angels.
I expect the Yankees to re-sign Logan, mostly because there's no reason for them to sign somebody else instead of him. He's as steady as any reliever on the market and his injury last year may even lower his price a bit. He's also vital because of the loss of Mariano Rivera, and if David Robertson is moving up, Logan figures to share the eighth inning with a righty. I expect he'll get a two-year, $10 million contract from the Yankees.