Detroit Tigers: Six Free Agent Relievers Detroit Should Target
2016 Team: Colorado Rockies
2016 SIERA: 3.17
2016 WHIP: 1.014
2016 K/9: 11.1
Pitching at Coors Field is like pitching at a launching pad, it significantly favors hitters.
So you can somewhat forgive some pitchers who struggle slightly pitching at the stadium relative to their career stats.
However, Boone Logan actually thrived pitching for the Rockies over the last two seasons. The left-hander posted a 3.40 FIP and 101 strikeouts in 81.2 innings pitched. Additionally, the former Yankee fanned 11.1 batters per nine innings.
Logan was particularly effective this past year, posting a sparkling 3.17 SIERA while holding left-handed batters to a .142 batting average and a .222 on-base percentage. The 32-year-old also turned in a career-best 16.4 swinging strike percentage.
With the Rockies in rebuilding mode, Detroit’s ability to potentially offer postseason could work in the Tigers’ favor.
Potential Role With the Detroit Tigers
Logan would thrive not just as a lefty specialist, but as a setup reliever in general. Last year, right-handed hitters managed just a .221 batting average versus the veteran.
In addition to getting top left-handed batters out, the veteran could also join Shane Greene and Alex Wilson in the mix for the sixth and seventh innings
It certainly doesn’t hurt that he owns a 2.45 in 20 appearances at Comerica Park.