DENVER -- Rockies left-handed reliever Boone Logan is no stranger to trades, although as rumors swirl, he may have to get used to something new -- a midseason trade.Logan has been dealt twice in his career: from the White Sox to the Braves in 2008, and from the Braves to
DENVER -- Rockies left-handed reliever Boone Logan is no stranger to trades, although as rumors swirl, he may have to get used to something new -- a midseason trade.
Logan has been dealt twice in his career: from the White Sox to the Braves in 2008, and from the Braves to the Yankees in 2009. However, both trades were in December.
Logan signed a three-year, $16.5 million free-agent contract with the Rockies in December 2013.
"In the offseason, I pay zero attention to baseball," Logan said. "I'm usually at the ranch or at the coast or something. I found out that I got traded to the Yankees from my best friend. He called me early one morning, and I was still asleep."
The latest rumors connect Logan to several contenders in need of a left-handed relievers. On Tuesday, MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi suggested he could be a good fit with the Nationals, Cubs and Giants, although the Cubs have since acquired Mike Montgomery from the Mariners.
Logan has been one of the best left-handed relievers this season; his 2.82 ERA is 11th-lowest among left-handers who have thrown at least 25 innings. He attributes this success to staying healthy and keeping a clear mind. He had faced elbow injuries and diverticulitis in the past two seasons.
"I don't pay attention to [rumors], and I'm not paying attention to the trade rumors now," Logan said. "That's why it's rumors. It's just all speculation, and I pay zero attention to it. I'm a Rockie, and we're trying to help the team win right now. That's the last thing I'm thinking about."
For most of the season, Logan has been one of two lefties in the Rockies bullpen. With Jake McGee largely manning the closer role, Logan has been the only lefty specialist, where he held lefties to a .161 batting average against.
"He's got his feel for his slider down, his wipeout pitch," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. He's pitched well with his fastball too. He's had command of both pitches.
• Nolan Arenado was out of the starting lineup for just the second time this season, a day after outfielder Carlos González had the day off Wednesday. Both had a busy All-Star break, which factored into Weiss' decision.
"Physically Nolan holds up very well, but this game is more of a mental grind than anything else," Weiss said. "I've always said that I feel like June and July are the dog days. August and September are much easier because you're in no-man's land in June and July. In August and September it's a little different; there's an end in sight, and hopefully you're playing for something."
• Jeff Hoffman, the Rockies' No. 4 prospect, according to MLBPipeline.com, allowed three runs over 3 2/3 innings on 76 pitches for Triple-A Albuquerque on Wednesday night. The Rockies may be limiting his innings as they did with Jon Gray last year. Hoffman is coming off Tommy John surgery.
Ben Weinrib is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver.