Colorado Rockies: Six Players, Six Key Free Agency Questions
Free Agent #2 – Boone Logan
Contract just completed: 3 years/$16.5 million
When you look at Boone Logan’s overall career in Colorado, you shrug your shoulders a little. In three seasons in LoDo, the southpaw put together a 4-11 mark with a 4.64 ERA. However, if you break down those numbers a bit more, you’ll see that Logan became a more and more valuable piece of the Colorado bullpen as the years passed by.
Logan dropped his ERA from 6.84 in 2014 to 4.33 in 2015 to 3.69 last season, entrenching himself as Colorado’s clutch left-hander out of the bullpen. The 32-year-old was the center of many trade rumors last season, showing what the value that other teams were placing on his work at Coors Field.
So now the Rockies are faced with a dilemma when it comes to Logan. Are they willing to pay the price to keep him around for another season or two or are they willing to let him walk? Our guess is that Logan will not be back in a Colorado uniform next season.
One of the biggest reasons for that is Logan’s post-All Star performance. Prior to the Midsummer Classic, Logan was 0-0 with a 3.18 in 22.2 innings over 35 games. After the All-Star Game, his ERA jumped an entire run to 4.18 in 23.2 innings over 31 games. He also went 2-5 after the break after not figuring in a decision before it.
Logan’s ERA jumped in the second half thanks in part to the long ball. The southpaw didn’t allow a homer before the break, but surrendered four after it. He also walked 12 batters after the break while only issuing eight free passes prior to it.
His September was shades of Logan past as he went 0-2 with a 7.11 ERA. Between that and not wanting to spend that much on salary, we think the Rockies will not re-sign Logan for 2017.