Three down, one to go.
The New York Yankees reached an agreement Friday with left-handed middle reliever Boone Logan on a one-year deal worth $3.15 million, avoiding having to go to an arbitrator with the third of their four pitchers who filed for arbitration earlier this week.
Logan, 27, was 7-2 with a 3.74 ERA last season, and tied for the major league lead in appearances with 80. Originally intended to be used as a situational lefty, Logan's workload increased dramatically due to the absence of Chamberlain, who missed the first four months of the season recovering from Tommy John surgery, and the season-ending knee injury suffered by Mariano Rivera in May. As a result, Logan showed signs of wearing down late in the season.
In 2013, with Rivera returning and Chamberlain expected to be at full strength, Logan is likely to return to his intended role. A five-year veteran of three major league teams, Logan will be eligible for free agency next year.