The Indians declined to execute a $7M team option on lefty reliever Boone Logan this afternoon.
#Indians have declined $7 million option on LHP Boone Logan.— Tom Withers (@twithersAP) November 6, 2017
The move is not a surprise to people who pay attention to baseball, some of whom are reading this sentence. Hello, people. Logan injured his throwing arm with a high-grade strain of his latissimus dorsi muscle on July 19th against the Giants. He elected to skip surgery and will now test free agency with a hopefully-healed arm. The buyout costs the Indians $1M, freeing up an additional $6M to spend on payroll, in theory. Maybe they’ll buy a giant Mustard robot to attack Dre Knott. It’s not my money, you know?
Logan entered the season as the supposed final piece to the bullpen puzzle. He struggled early on, though did show signs of figuring things out before getting injured. It was a disappointment for the Indians and for Logan, who likely thought he’d get a chance to help the Indians march toward another World Series berth. Oh well.
I hope he does well in the rest of his career, and wish he’d had a better shot in Cleveland. As it stands now, the Indians still must make decisions on Bryan Shaw and Joe Smith. The bullpen may need several more pieces before the offseason is over.