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Rockies 2014 season review: Boone Logan was an expensive disaster

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The Rockies threw more money Logan's way than they had ever done for a reliever in the past. Predictably, the results were ... not good.

Logan was No. 48 in more ways than one in 2014.
Logan was No. 48 in more ways than one in 2014.
Doug Pensinger

When the Rockies signed left-handed reliever Boone Logan to a three-year, $16.5 million contract last December, the deal was met with widespread hesitation. The Rockies had never -- NEVER -- spent that much money on a reliever, and considering the bullpen was the strong point of the team for the past several years, it was strange for Dan O'Dowd and company to change the way they built the unit.

Ten months later, the negative feelings toward Logan and the questionable deal he received have only intensified.

What happened

Logan's season got off to a bad start almost immediately. The nine-year major league veteran missed most of spring training, as is usually the case for him, while trying to get his elbow loose. Logan made one Cactus League appearance, but it didn't come until March 20, and it didn't go very well. Still dealing with elbow tightness and discomfort, Logan was placed on the disabled list to open the season, leaving the Rockies' bullpen at an immediate disadvantage.

Once he returned, Logan was briefly one of the two or three best pitchers in Colorado's bullpen. The 30-year-old Texan struck out 17 batters, walked only four and posted a 2.45 ERA in 11 innings spanning his first 13 appearances. But things went downhill from there.

By the numbers
Boone Logan, 2014
IP 25
ERA 6.84
FIP 5.13
K/9 11.5
BB/9 4.0
GB% 50.0
BABIP .379
rWAR -1.0

Logan blew a game in Cincinnati on May 9, part of a stretch in which he allowed runs in four of six appearances. The last of those was a crucial loss in Philadelphia, which ended with Logan surrendering a walk-off home run to Ryan Howard and really began the Rockies' tailspin out of contention and into the MLB cellar. A week later, Logan hit the DL for the second of three times during his debut season in Denver. From that point forward, Logan was mostly ineffective, finishing the campaign with a 6.84 ERA and extremely poor numbers against left-handers, whom he was dominant against entering 2014. He allowed lefties to hit .318/.392/.545, which was actually not a lot worse than the .304/.365/.518 line he surrendered to right-handed batters.

Overall, it was an awful season for Logan, no matter who he faced.

2014 grade: F

Logan earned almost $5 million to be the second-worst player on the team. Elbow injuries no doubt contributed to his demise, but I'm not sure if that should make people feel better or worse about Logan going forward.

What to expect in 2015

There are a few ways to look at Logan, who turns 31 next August and is still owed almost $12 million. On one hand, the bone spurs that were causing him havoc have been removed, and the at-times dynamic left-hander will have plenty of time to recover considering he didn't pitch for the final month of 2014. And, when he did pitch, he was often the victim of bad luck. Logan matched his career high in strikeouts per nine innings but also gave up the largest percentage of hits on balls in play of his life.

On the other hand. Logan's velocity was down a tick from 2013, and the elbow issues are nothing new. The guy could very well be damaged goods, and that would not be good news for a team with limited resources such as the Rockies. As such, 2015 will be pivotal for Logan and his future in Colorado. His contract situation currently resembles one that might get an ordinary GM fired, but if he can stay healthy and right the ship next season, Logan's disastrous 2014 campaign -- and the highly questionable deal thrown his way -- would be a distant memory.