The Milwaukee Brewers grew tired of waiting for a turnaround from southpaw Boone Logan, and designated him for assignment on Tuesday.
It’s a disappointing ending on both sides. The Milwaukee Brewers were relying on Logan to get left handed hitters out and provide a nice complement to Josh Hader in that bullpen as an effective LOOGY. And Boone Logan, with another opportunity to prove himself an effective reliever in the big leagues is now without a job.
This move isn’t really a surprise to some. With Freddy Peralta due up to start on Tuesday night against the Pirates someone needed to be sent down. And it just so happens to be Boone Logan.
How bad has Boone Logan been?
He’s been pretty bad. In 16 appearances, Logan has a 5.91 ERA with a 2.34 WHIP. He’s allowed 8.4 BB/9, easily a career high, and his splits are reverse of what he’s done over his career.
Normally, Logan dominates left handed hitters and struggles against righties. But righties are the only guys he’s been able to get out this season. Righties are batting .250 against Logan and lefties are hitting .409.
Part of this is due to a high BAbip. But his slider, the pitch he needs to be effective against lefties, hasn’t been working this year. That has left him exposed and hitters are just sitting on his fastball.
Logan was signed to get left handed hitters out, and instead, he’s allowed a 1.354 OPS to opposing lefties. This is the big leagues, you can’t get away with that for long.
What happens to Logan now?
Since Logan is DFA’ed, that takes him off the 40 man roster as well as the 25 man. There is now a vacancy on the 40 man roster, for what it’s worth.
If another team claims him, then he’s their problem. If multiple teams claim him, maybe the Milwaukee Brewers can work out a trade with one of them and get something in return. However, the way he’s pitched this year, the odds of one team claiming him, let alone multiple, are not very good.
If Logan goes unclaimed, he could accept an outright assignment to Colorado Springs and try to work through his issues down there. That’s the outcome the Brewers are hoping for here. If he can figure it out in Triple-A and start being effective again, they will welcome him back with open arms.
Logan could elect free agency if he goes unclaimed, which would remove him from any future plans with the Brewers.
I thought Logan could be a candidate for a DL stint where they could give him a break and let him work through his issues on a rehab assignment, but that will not be the case.