When the news broke on Saturday afternoon that the St. Louis Cardinals had made a sizable offer to Brett Cecil, it may have slammed the door on any possibility on Boone Logan returning to the Colorado Rockies in 2017.
According to reports, Cecil was offered a four-year, $30.5 million contract by the Cardinals. Pending a physical, the left-handed reliever will be leaving the Toronto Blue Jays and heading to pitch in the National League Central next season.
Cecil was one of the coveted left-handed relievers on the market and his big payday has probably set the bar high for other teams who want to sign southpaws for their bullpen. That includes Logan, one of the left-handers on the market who is viewed as a specialist who can be counted on in clutch situations.
The 32-year-old Logan posted a 3.69 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, and 57/20 K/BB ratio over 46.1 innings last season for the Rockies. It was widely considered a bounce-back season for Logan, who posted a cumulative 4.64 ERA in three seasons in Colorado.
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His ability to get left-handers out in clutch situations has skyrocketed the interest in Logan as the New York Mets, New York Yankees and Seattle Mariners are among the team who have been rumored to be interested in his services.
However, with Cecil’s contract on Saturday, Logan won’t come cheap for any team. That includes the Colorado Rockies, a team that has been said it will spend more in the offseason than in past years. But the Rockies more than likely won’t be spending Cecil-type money to keep Logan.