Ed Szczepanski, USA Today

Storylines: Sergio Romo nearing a deal with Los Angeles Dodgers or mystery team

The bullpen market is on overload as Boone Logan signs with the Indians, Sergio Romo is close to a deal and Jerry Blevins is also close to signing...

Top Storylines:

- Right-handed reliever Sergio Romo has narrowed his choices down to either the Los Angeles Dodgers or a mystery team per Rosenthal.  Romo posted a 2.64 ERA through 30.2 innings of relief work in 30 games in 2016 with the Giants.  His return to the Giants was no longer an option once the Giants signed closer Mark Melancon to a massive four-year contract.  Romo is not the only reliever the Dodgers are interested in as they are also keeping tabs on Joe Blanton.

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- The Indians have signed free agent left-hander Boone Logan to a one-year, $5.5MM deal with a club option for 2018 worth $7MM and a buyout option worth $1MM per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.  The southpaw has spent the past three years pitching with the Colorado Rockies and last year posted a 3.69 ERA across 46.1 innings of relief with an 11.1 SO/9 ratio.  Overall Logan held lefties to a meager .142/.222/.255 batting line in 2016.  The pairing of him with Andrew Miller looks to be a major strength for the Indians.  Miller is capable of being used anywhere but the addition of Logan gives the Indians another deadly left-handed option out of the pen to go after opposing left-handed batters earlier in the game and still hold onto Miller for late-game situations.  The signing of Logan addresses their last major weakness which was to find another reliable left-hander for the bullpen so they would be able to avoid overworking Miller early in the season.

Other Storylines:

- The New York Mets are reportedly receiving trade interest on center fielder Juan Lagares per Mike Puma of the New York Post.  The Mets have a glut of outfielders and not nearly enough roster spots to guarantee playing time.  Their original plan indicated they would try and trade Jay Bruce but weren’t able to find a deal they liked so they may now deal Lagares.  The outfielder is owed $20MM through 2019 but is taking home $4.5MM in salary in 2017.  His defense in center field makes him an attractive target but his bat is underwhelming.  The money they could potentially save by trading Lagares may help them find more help for the bullpen as they are bracing for an inevitable suspension for closer Jeurys Familia after his reportedly involvement in a domestic incident earlier in the offseason.

- The Minnesota Twins have signed veteran right-handed reliever Matt Belisle to a one-year, $2.05MM contract per Jon Heyman of FanRag.  Belisle sported a 1.76 ERA across 46.0 innings of relief in 40 games with the Washington Nationals last year.  The Twins had one of the worst bullpens in 2016 so adding a proven veteran like Belisle should help make their bullpen stronger. If Belisle performs well, he should carry value as a trade chip come the deadline.

- Lefty Jerry Blevins reportedly has one offer worth at $6MM over one year per Buster Olney of ESPN.  Blevins is the top left-handed reliever left on the free agent market. Blevins tossed a 2.79 ERA across 42.0 innings in 73 games with the New York Mets.  The Mets had been reportedly interested in a reunion but are said to be strapped for cash after re-signing Yoenis Cespedes to a lucrative four-year contract.


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