The Cleveland Indians continued reshaping the roster for another run at a World Series Monday, choosing to decline the $7M option on relief pitcher Boone Logan. Logan, who was signed away from the Colorado Rockies last off-season, appeared in 38 games for the Indians in 2017.
With a 4.71 ERA on the season, the 33 year old took a step back from his respectable 3.69 ERA with Colorado in 2016 which is likely why the team decided to move away from Logan. Already having picked up the options for outfielder Michael Brantley and starting pitcher Josh Tomlin, shedding Logan’s $7M from the books should provide some additional flexibility for the Indians who still have a number of key pieces to make decisions on.
The Indians are now left to handle decisions regarding outfielders Jay Bruce and Austin Jackson and first baseman Carlos Santana. Each of the three were valuable contributors to the team and the money saved on Logan should help retain these more pivotal support pieces to the team’s stars. Surely we have not seen the last of the off-season shake up in Cleveland.