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folding under the pressure
What happened to Boone Logan? In 2010, he shut down left-handed batters, keeping them to a measly .190 batting average against. This year, that hasn't been the case. Lefties are batting .246 with 3 HRs against him. That is bad when only facing one batter a time
With Logan struggling, the Yankees need to have a reliable lefty in their bullpen. Now that the trade deadline has passed, the Yankees should first look into their farm system to find a replacement.
JC Romero will probably be given a shot soon. JC is a proven lefty reliever who can get the David Ortiz's of the world out when you need it. Down in Scranton, Romero is keeping lefties to a .182 batting average against. If Boone continues to struggle, a call up isn't out of the question by next week.
Manuel Banuelos is the Yankees' most coveted prospect: a lefty with nasty stuff who knows how to pitch and isn't afraid of throwing any pitch at any time. At 20, Manuel is the youngest player in AAA.
After a impressive year in Trenton, Banuelos was promoted to AAA to get him ready for the majors either this year or next. Manuel could be be used a la David Price the year the Rays made it to the World Series. Get a lefty out, pitch an inning of relief, you get the idea.
If the Yankees pass on either Romero or Banuelos, they will need to find someone through the waiver wire. Guys I would target include Tim Byrdak of the Mets, Matt Thornton of the White Sox, Randy Choate and Mike Dunn of the Marlins. Getting one of these guys would improve an already great bullpen.