The Cubs have already added a left-handed pitcher to the Major League staff. Mike Montgomery will join the Cubs in Milwaukee and give Joe Maddon another lefty in his bullpen.
Theo Epstein said Wednesday after the trade with the Mariners that the Cubs were not done and still have areas the front office would like to address.
The Cubs have internal options in Brian Matusz and Jack Leathersich from the left-side. Most think the front office will go outside the organization and acquire another left-handed reliever before the non-waiver trade deadline on Aug. 1.
The Cubs have been connected heavily to lefty Andrew Miller and linked to Aroldis Chapman. Miller is reportedly at the top of the front office’s wish list of additions Epstein and Hoyer would like to make before the end of the month.
The Cubs are exploring all ways to add talent to the roster. And it’s believed the front office would like to add left- and right-handed relievers, a left-handed hitting outfielder and starting pitching.
Before the Cubs acquired Mike Montgomery, Jon Paul Morosi reported LHP Boone Logan could be a fit for the Cubs, as well as the Giants and Nationals. Buster Olney also mentioned Logan as a possible option for the Cubs and after the deal with the Mariners announced.
Due to the left-handed bats on the Cubs, Nationals and Giants, all three teams are looking for lefty relievers that can shut down the other team’s left-handed hitters. While Travis Wood has been effective, he is more of a reverse splits guy, Clayton Richard has struggled this season. And the new addition, Mike Montgomery does not have a lot of experience in high pressure situations, plus he’s new to the whole bullpen thing.
Ken Rosenthal pointed out that of Montgomery’s 61 2/3 innings, “40 1/3 came in low-leverage, 15 2/3 in medium leverage and 5 2/3 in high leverage.” Montgomery has held left-handers to a .523 OPS this season (.164/.269/.254).
Boone Logan has limited lefties to a .164/.203/.262 line with a .465 OPS, just five extra basehits (four doubles, one triple) this year and his numbers outside of Coors Field are very good. Logan is 1-0 in 19 games with a 1.26 ERA and 0.62 WHIP.
Logan has pitched in games that mean something and has succeeded under pressure. In four seasons with the Yankees, Logan was 19-7 with a 3.38 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 3.63 FIP with a save.
After two rough years with the Rockies, Logan has really bounced back this season. Logan is 1-0 with a 2.84 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 1.77 FIP. In 37 games (25 1/3 innings), Logan has allowed nine runs, eight earned, on 15 hits with nine walks and 31 strikeouts. And of all the stats the one that sticks out the most, Logan has not allowed a single home run this season.
Boone Logan is a free agent at the end of the season. Logan is on the final season of the three-year, $16.5 million contract he signed in December 2013. Logan is owed the remainder of his $6.25 million salary for this season.
Jed Hoyer said before the Cubs traded for Mike Montgomery, “Whether we do something big or not, we have to be aware of the small moves that can help in August and September.” Logan might not be the big name the fan base or media is looking for the Cubs to acquire, but he has the experience to help the team win games.