At this point, I don’t think anyone was counting on Damaso Marte helping the Yankees at all this postseason, but Brian Cashman’s announcement today that surgery seems likely further solidified the importance of Boone Logan.
“We love his arm,” Cashman said. “We’ve always liked his ability. I can’t tell you we were counting on it, but there’s power in numbers. That’s why in some of the deals that we did where we lost left-handed pitching, we demanded that we have him in part of that deal with Atlanta. Thankfully we got him. He’s done a terrific job.”
Logan was the other guy in the Javier Vazquez trade. Vazquez was the big name, Melky Cabrera was the proven major leaguer, Arodys Vizcaino was the top prospect and Mike Dunn was the young lefty on the verge.
Logan was the guy with some big league time, some big league stuff and no big league guarantee. Out of spring training, he seemed as likely to be stuck in Triple-A as play a significant role down the stretch. Then Marte went down with his sore shoulder, and Logan emerged as a different sort of pitcher than the one the Yankees saw off and on in the first half. He struck out 25 and allowed 14 hits in 21.2 regular-season innings after the all-star break. He found a spot right alongside Joba Chamberlain, Dave Robertson and Kerry Wood* to form the Yankees newest bridge to Mariano Rivera.
“Obviously we need him now more than ever,” Cashman said. “He’s been doing the job for a long time.”
* If you haven’t seen it, check out Kim Jones interview with the Yankees four-man setup crew.