MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports that the Brewers are expected to finalize the signing of lefty reliever Boone Logan after New Year’s Day.
Logan, 33, spent last season with the Indians, posting a 4.71 ERA with a 28/9 K/BB ratio in 21 innings. He missed most of the second half of the season due to a strained lat muscle.
Though he’s had struggles in recent years, Logan has been a reliable reliever out of the bullpen over parts of 12 seasons. Unsurprisingly, he’s particularly tough on lefties, holding them to an aggregate .672 OPS over his career compared to .846 against right-handed hitters. Logan could be poised for a bounce-back year if the Brewers utilize him properly.
Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman strugged in Sunday afternoon’s start against the Red Sox, yielding four runs (three earned) over five innings. He fell to 2-7 with a 5.86 ERA. The Jays dropped three of four games to the Sox in the series and now sit with a 43-52 record heading into the All-Star break.
Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun reports that while Stroman was initially cool, calm, and collected when speaking to the media after the game, he eventually snapped. Stroman was asked by a reporter about breaking into professional baseball with short-season Single-A Vancouver in 2012. Stroman yelled at the reporter, noting that his team had just lost to the Red Sox, and called his team “f– terrible.” Keegan Matheson’s account of the situation lines up with Buffery’s as well.
Prior to the outburst, Stroman had just praised his teammates, saying, “My team picks me up a ton. They pick me up all year. I should be able to pitch better in times like that when my team doesn’t have my back. Because they’ve had my back a ton of times. So, love my guys on my team and like I said, I would go to war with them any day.”
Stroman will have off until Friday, so hopefully the time off helps him clear his mind. It has understandably been a frustrating season in Toronto.