Boone Logan is popular in the Big Apple.
Logan, the veteran left-hander fresh off a three-year, $ 16.5-million deal with the Colorado Rockies, has drawn interest from both the Mets and Yankees early this offseason, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
Logan, a 20th-round pick by the Chicago White Sox in 2002, managed a 3.69 ERA (133 ERA+) and 1.01 WHIP in 66 appearances for the Rockies this season, limiting opponents to a .166 average while allowing only four homers and notching 57 strikeouts in 46 1/3 innings. He was especially tough on left-handed hitters, holding them to a .142/.222/.255 line and serving up just one home run in 119 plate appearances.
The Yankees are well acquainted with Logan, who enjoyed the finest stretch of his career in the Bronx, fashioning a 3.38 ERA with a 26.9 percent strikeout rate while averaging 64 appearances per season from 2010 through 2013. Right now, however, the club has two lefties, Tommy Layne and Richard Bleier, poised to start the season in their bullpen, so their level of interest in Logan is unclear.
Meanwhile, even with Jerry Blevins liable to sign elsewhere as a free agent, the Mets also have a pair of left-handers primed to land bullpen jobs in Josh Smoker and Josh Edgin. Smoker recorded 25 strikeouts in 15 1/3 innings as a rookie in 2016 and Edgin crafted a 1.32 ERA in 47 outings two years ago before undergoing Tommy John surgery.