The New York Yankees seemed to have trouble finding a viable left-handed relief option since Mike Stanton left. Names like Mike Myers, Chris Hammond, Felix Heredia, Randy Choate, Gabe White, and Pedro Feliciano all tried and mostly failed. Then, the Yankees acquired Boone Logan from the Atlanta Braves in the deal that brought Javier Vazquez back to the Yankees. Logan has held the job as lefty specialist since 2010 and has done a fairly good job.
Last season Logan appeared in a league-leading 80 games and has entered this spring with a balky elbow which is never a good sign. The Yankees, however, are prepared to handle the loss of Logan, if the injury is more serious than originally thought.
Clay Rapada was excellent last season against left-handed batters. The Yankees also have Francisco Rondon, who has looked very good this spring in a little over four innings, Cesar Cabral, who is coming off of elbow surgery, and Juan Cedeno and Josh Spence who add depth to the system.
If Logan were to miss a large chunk of the season, something we may not know for a while, I think Rondon would be given a shot at some point. However, with Rapada out of options the Yankees might go with Rapada and allow him to be the lone lefty in the bullpen.
Logan is a huge question mark right now. The extent of his injury is not known at this time other than it is discomfort. More won’t be known until Logan takes the mound or is shut down.
In years past the Yankees would have been in panic mode. However, they have added depth in recent years. Cabral is a Rule 5 draftee who spent all of last season on the DL after having Tommy John surgery so once he comes back in April he could get a legitimate shot to win a roster spot.
At least the Yankees have options so don’t expect them to panic if Logan’s injury is more serious than first thought.