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Boone Logan is unlikely to pitch again in 2017

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MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports that Indians’ lefty reliever Boone Logan has been shut down from throwing and could miss the remainder of the 2017 season. He sustained a left lat strain during an outing against the Giants last month and was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on July 29. While he decided against surgery, the parameters of his recovery period are still unknown.

Logan, 32, was sidelined during his first run with the Indians after signing a one-year, $5.5 million contract with the club in February. The contract includes a $7 million option or $1 million buyout for the 2018 season. Prior to his injury, Logan worked as a lefty specialist behind team closer and fellow left-hander Andrew Miller, compiling a 4.71 ERA in 38 appearances and racking up a 3.9 BB/9 and career-best 12.0 SO/9 through 21 innings.

The Indians addressed their need for bullpen depth in the days leading up to the trade deadline, claiming right-handed reliever Diego Moreno off waivers and adding righty Joe Smith in a trade with the Blue Jays. Left-hander Craig Breslow was signed to a minor league contract earlier today, and should bolster the team’s relief corps with both Logan and Miller taking an indefinite hiatus on the disabled list.

Evan Longoria: ‘I just kind of feel sorry for the Rays fan base’

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The Rays were busy over the weekend, trading starter Jake Odorizzi to the Twins, designating All-Star outfielder Corey Dickerson for assignment, and then picking up C.J. Cron in a deal with the Angels. The Rays saved about $4 million — Odorizzi’s $6.3 million less Cron’s $2.3 million salary — and picked up a prospect. They’re still on the hook for Dickerson’s $5.95 million salary until they can find a trade partner, which seems likely.

Those are some head-scratching moves if you’re a Rays fan or a member of the Rays. Dickerson hit .282/.325/.490 with 27 home runs, 62 RBI, and 84 runs scored in 629 plate appearances last season, part of which resulted in his first trip to the All-Star Game. Designating him for assignment is strictly a financial move, assuming he can be traded. The Rays are currently operating with a payroll below $70 million. This comes just a week and a half after Rays ownership proposed the public footing most of the bill for the club’s new stadium. And the Rays had traded third baseman Evan Longoria — then the face of the franchise — to the Giants earlier this offseason.

Longoria expressed sympathy for Rays fans for having to put up with this. Via Andrew Baggarly, Longoria said of the curious Dickerson move, “I just kind of feel sorry for the Rays fan base. … I’m not going to take too many shots but it’s pretty obvious that guy is a valuable player and didn’t deserve to be DFAd. Corey was our best player last year.”

Longoria isn’t quite on the money there. By WAR, Dickerson ranked fifth among position players on the team, according to Baseball Reference. FanGraphs is also in agreement. Still, it’s indisputable that Dickerson, who turns 29 years old this May, more than pulled his weight. The Rays do not have a surfeit of starting outfielders, so it wasn’t like they were making room for other capable players. Mallex Smith, who put up a .684 OPS in 282 PA last year, is slated to start in left field at the moment. Designating Dickerson for assignment, as well as trading Longoria and Odorizzi, were simply cost-cutting decisions.

The Rays’ M.O. has been part of the problem leading to the current stagnant free agent market (sans Eric Hosmer‘s eight-year deal on Saturday). Teams like the Rays, Phillies, Reds, and Tigers have been explicitly putting out non-competitive teams in order to facilitate a rebuilding process. Longoria is right to express sympathy for Rays fans, who see their favorite team worsening a roster that went 80-82 last year. The Rays haven’t finished at .500 or above since 2013 and doesn’t figure to halt the streak this year.