Boone Logan, the Rockies' new lefty reliever, fielded the obligatory Coors Field question with aplomb.
"People are saying, 'Pitching at Coors is going to be tough because of giving up home runs and all of that kind of stuff," Logan said Monday. "But I've pitched at Yankee Stadium with that short porch in right field, so it's the same difference to me."
Logan, the former Yankee who became a free agent, officially signed a three-year, $16.5-million deal Monday. He will make $4.75 million in 2014, $5.5 million in 2015 and $6.25 million in 2016. He will be the Rockies' highest-paid reliever, a tick above setup man Matt Belisle.
Logan, speaking during a conference call from his ranch near Laredo, Texas, said he had interest from 10 other teams, but said he picked the Rockies because they were eager to give him an important role out of the bullpen.
"I like having a chance to have my own inning late in the game," he said. "That's something the Rockies are possibly going to give me a chance to do. And that's what was most appealing to me."
Logan, 29, missed most of September with the Yankees because of a bone chip in his left elbow. He underwent surgery in early October to remove the bone chip, as well as clean out some bone spurs. There was no ligament damage. Logan said he's begun playing catch and has regained full range of motion in his elbow.
"I'm pretty optimistic about it right now," he said. "We'll see how it goes. As far as spring training, I'm hoping it will be 100 percent. But maybe spring training will be used to get it 100 percent."
Logan, whose four-seam fastball averaged between 93-94 mph last season, has pitched eight big-league seasons with the Yankees (2010-13), Braves (2009) and Chicago White Sox (2006-08). The 6-foot-4, 215-pounder has been a workhorse for the Yankees the past three seasons, appearing in 205 games. In 2013, he went 5-2 with a 3.23 ERA in 39 innings over 61 appearances. He struck out 50 and walked 15.
The Yankees used Logan more against left-handed batters (77 at-bats) than against right-handers (63). His pitching repertoire — four-seam fastball, sinking fastball and a slider — is geared toward getting out lefties. As a late-game reliever for the Rockies, he'll likely have to face more right-handers, meaning he'll have to brush off the cobwebs on his changeup.
"That's kind of been in my back pocket for most of my career, especially in New York," he said. "I didn't face a whole lot of righties. I didn't think it was necessary, so I kind of stopped using it. But it's there and it will be there, and it will come back out if I have a chance to have my own inning."