The Cleveland Indians pitching staff is chock full of right-handed pitchers.
Aside from Andrew Miller, Kyle Crockett, Ryan Merritt and Shawn Morimando, all five of the team's starters and the majority of their bullpen is comprised of righties. With Crockett failing to prove himself in 2016 (5.06 ERA, 1.44 WHIP), the need for a second southpaw was apparent immediately after last year's memorable season came to an end.
"It’s not just having a second lefty, it’s having one you can depend on." Francona said.
This quote must have resonated with president Chris Antonetti and general manager Mike Chernoff over the last few weeks leading into spring training.
Welcome aboard Boone Logan.
The Tribe officially announced the signing of the 32-year-old veteran on a one-year deal worth $5.5-million for 2017 with a $7-million option/$1-million buyout for 2018 on Tuesday afternoon.
This move allows manager Terry Francona to save Miller for the high leverage situations of the late innings rather than the middle frames. Acquired via trade from the New York Yankees at last season's trade deadline, Miller was forced to enter Game 1 of the ALDS in the fifth inning and tossed a season-high 40 pitches.
If Logan had been with the Indians, this heavy workload would have been avoided.
Logan fits the Tribe's mold by acting as a lefty-lefty matchup pitcher to combine with Miller, Cody Allen, Bryan Shaw and an elite starting rotation. Over the last five years, left-handed hitters have registered a meager .215/.293/.341 slash line against Logan.
Most recently, the former Colorado Rockies southpaw defied odds and prospered at Coors Field in 2016 with the following stats: 23 IP, 14 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 10 BB, 30 K.
Left-handed sluggers like Joe Mauer, Max Kepler, Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas will struggle to scrape out a hit against the AL Central's newest addition.
Logan held lefties to averages of .142/.222/.255 in 2016 before electing for free agency on Nov. 3.
In a corresponding move, RHP Austin Adams was designated for assignment to clear space for Logan on the active roster.
John Alfes has covered the Indians for IBI since August of 2016. Follow him on Twitter @JohnAlfes for breaking news and in-depth coverage all season long.