The offseason already feels like it is dragging along, and there is still over a month left before pitchers and catchers report to spring training. It has been a few weeks since the Yankees made any substantial moves, but rumors continue to circulate. So far the Yankees have done very little to improve their pitching (other than signing Aroldis Chapman), but they are rumored to be interested in signing Jason Hammel, and they have shown interest in acquiring Jose Quintana. The Yankees have reportedly been connected to left-handed relievers Boone Logan and Jerry Blevins, as well.
Former Yankee Boone Logan is 32 now, and has spent the last three seasons with the Rockies. Logan did not get off to a great start in Colorado. He was plagued by elbow inflammation for the entire 2014 season, and was placed on the disabled list four different times before undergoing season-ending surgery to remove a bone spur in September. He finished the 2014 season with an ugly 6.84 ERA through 25 innings, but pitched better over the 2015 and 2016 seasons, despite the fact that he additional problems with his elbow in each of those years. Logan tossed 46 and one-third innings in 2016 and posted a 3.69 ERA with 11.07 K/9, 3.88 BB/9, and 0.78 HR/9.
Blevins is a slightly older reliever (33) coming off of a similar season to Logan’s. Through 42 innings, Blevins ended 2016 with a 2.79 ERA with 11.14 K/9, 3.21 BB/9, and 0.86 HR/9. He has spent the last two seasons with the Mets, though he missed just about the entire 2015 season after he was hit by a comebacker in April and broke his left arm. During the recovery process, Blevins actually re-fractured his arm after he slipped on a curb, and had to sit out the rest of the year.
The Yankees certainly need to improve both the rotation and the bullpen, and their interest in adding a lefty to the bullpen makes a lot of sense. Other than Chapman, the only sure things in the bullpen right now are Dellin Betances, Tyler Clippard, and Adam Warren (unless he ends up in the rotation). Brian Cashman expressed confidence in Tommy Layne, but he didn’t exactly have a spectacular season. Some of the other possible left-handers include Chasen Shreve, who was good once upon a time, and Richard Bleier. Depending on what kind of contracts Logan and Blevins are looking for, it might be worth it for the Yankees to keep their options open.
Do you think the Yankees should sign Blevins or reunite with Logan?