Dodgers Reportedly Showing Interest in Brad Hand

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If there’s one position the Dodgers are likely to add a player or two during the offseason, it’s almost guaranteed to be a relief pitcher in some shape or form.

Ever since Blake Treinen, Pedro Baez, Jake McGee and Alex Wood became free agents at the conclusion of the 2020 season, fans of the team have been contemplating several relievers who could potentially be good fits in Los Angeles.

One name that has picked up steam lately is lefty Brad Hand.

On Wednesday, Jon Morosi of MLB.com reported that the Dodgers have shown interest in the 30-year-old Minneapolis native, conceivably using him in the same capacity as Treinen, should the 32-year-old Treinen land somewhere else.

At the conclusion of the 2020 season, Hand was placed on waivers, as Cleveland was hoping some team would claim him under his $10 million price tag. The three-time All-Star ultimately cleared waivers, mandating the Indians to pay his $1 million buyout. As a result, he’s currently a free agent without a contract.

Originally selected by the Marlins in the second round of the 2008 MLB draft, Hand made a career-high 82 appearances for the Padres in 2016, right around the same time the rumors initially began to swirl about the Dodgers having interest in him.

Just before the 2018 trade deadline, San Diego shipped Hand and righty Adam Cimber to the Cleveland bullpen in exchange for catcher Francisco Mejia, who was ranked among MLB’s most elite prospects at the time.

During the 2020 shortened season, Hand led all of baseball with 16 saves, posting a 2.05 ERA, a 1.37 FIP, and a very impressive 0.773 WHIP, alongside 29 punchouts in an even 22 innings over 23 appearances.

Over the course of his 10-year big league career, he has tallied a 3.65 ERA, a 3.69 FIP, and a 1.235 WHIP over 396 appearances. He has a career 9.2 K/9.

As far as his scouting report goes, Hand’s main weapon is a sweeping slider, often resulting in a much higher number of flyballs compared to other relievers. His four-seam fastball also generates more flyballs than usual, while showing plenty of natural sinking action. His true sinker is probably his best put-away pitch in terms of swings and misses.

Hand has also been known to sparingly tinker with a curve ball.

After peaking in the 94-95 MPH range during the 2018 season, Hand’s fastball sat at 91-92 MPH in 2020, according to Brooks Baseball.

Already, the Dodgers have been linked to a few other big-named relievers, such as free-agent righty Liam Hendriks.

Front-office boss Andrew Friedman has shown in recent years that he’s not hesitant to spend on veteran relief arms, as made evident by Treinen’s one-year, $10 million deal last year and Joe Kelly’s three-year, $27 million contract before the 2019 season.

5 thoughts on “Dodgers Reportedly Showing Interest in Brad Hand

  1. Hand is interesting. I am just a wee bit concerned as to the loss of velocity that was noted this season. Maybe he will go to drive line and improve on what he did before.

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  2. That loss of velocity is a little concerning, but Hand was still very effective and at 30 years of age, sign him.

    The bullpen is where the Dodgers need to put their money. Fortunately, it’s the cheapest area to get difference makers, now is the time to stock up for the next two years.

    Hand, two years, $16M. Still can’t believe nobody claimed him for one year $10M.
    Treinen, two years, $16M
    Baez, two years, $8M
    Wood, one year, $5M, with a team option for year two at $5M

    Hendriks, I’m talking with his agent and at right price I’m in.

    Add the above to Gonzalez, Graterol, Kelly and whatever (Jansen & filler) makes for an awesome bullpen and a trip back to the World Series.

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    1. Hand and Treinen would be nice and I have no problem if Baez comes back at that salary. I do think that you’re overpaying for Wood though. He’s just been so unproductive for the past couple of years that if I’m paying Hand and Treinen 8 mil per season and Pedro 4 mil, I’m not going to be willing to pay Wood 5, especially since he’s going to be spending almost all of his time in the bullpen.
      There are a number of good relievers out there. I wouldn’t mind seeing Colome and/or Trevor May here either and if Kirby Yates is healthy, I’d be fine with him also. Rosenthal is another one who seems to have found himself again.

      Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Let’s try to think of all we have to be thankful for instead of all the garbage that 2020 has brought our way. A special thanks to Dennis and Andy for running the site and to Jose and Ian for your contributions (hope I haven’t forgotten anyone).

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      1. Yeah, Wood wouldn’t be a high priority, but he’s a lefty and would also be starter depth. Just thought tying him up for two years at $5M guaranteed (maybe with even a $1M buyout in year two) wouldn’t be bad. He’s been bitten by the injury bug for two years now, but still only 29 yrs old. Always was solid prior to 2019, but admittedly I’m going off of playoff performance. That 2 innings of no hit pitching with 3 strikeouts in game 6 of the World Series was clutch and worth a million to me.

        He probably signs somewhere else where he can start and get more money.

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  3. Happy thanksgiving everybody😀
    Bullpens may not be sexy, but I’m with you guys, that’s were AF needs to spend his money this year. We shouldn’t worry though under Andrew our bullpens have always rated in near the top in the league.

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