The Brewers are in talks with free-agent lefty Boone Logan, according to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com. McCalvy reports that a deal “should be official” after New Year’s, suggesting an agreement is likely to be finalized.
News of serious talks between Logan and the Brewers was first reported by Chuck MIketinac of FOX San Antonio last Thursday, though two sources with knowledge of the talks would not confirm Friday that an agreement was in place.
If the Brewers do complete a deal with Logan, he’d be the third pitching addition of the winter for the club. Starters Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo have already jumped on board while relievers Anthony Swarzak (Mets) and Jared Hughes (Reds) have signed elsewhere.
Logan, 33, posted a 4.71 ERA in just 21 innings for the Indians last year, with a strained lat muscle ending his season in July. The lefty specialist made 38 appearances, posting an encouraging 3.16 FIP and having batters post an unlucky .353 BABIP against him. These numbers suggest he could be in line for a resurgence in 2018, less than two years after receiving a $5.5 million guarantee from Cleveland as a free agent.
Logan would join Josh Hader as lefties in the bullpen for Milwaukee, providing southpaw options in front of Jacob Barnes and Corey Knebel. Logan has 12 years of major-league experience, spending time with the White Sox (2006-08), Braves (2009), Yankees (2010-13), Rockies (2014-16) and Indians (2017).