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Brad Hand | Relief Pitcher | #52

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (27) / 3/20/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 228
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 2 (0) / MIA
Contract: view contract details

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Brad Hand recorded his 10th save Monday with a scoreless ninth against the Phillies.
Hand gave up a single and hit a batter, though the hit batter probably should have been called a strike, since Rhys Hoskins definitely appeared to go around with his swing as the slider was on its way to hitting him in his back foot. Hand is 8-for-9 in save chances since Brandon Maurer was traded. Aug 15 - 2:22 AM

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Brad Hand struck out three batters over 1 1/3 perfect innings to nail down his ninth save of the season on Friday in Los Angeles.

Manager Andy Green went right back to the All-Star after Hand was slapped around for three earned runs and a pair of homers in a blown save on Thursday in Cincinnati. Despite the rough outing on Thursday, Hand is definitely not skating on thin ice. He'll continue to handle the ninth-inning duties.
Aug 12 - 3:53 AM

Brad Hand was charged with a blown save after giving up three runs and two homers in the seventh inning Thursday against the Reds.

Hand has been used as a true closer since the Brandon Maurer trade -- his last eight appearances had all come in the ninth or 10th innings -- but manager Andy Green got aggressive today when it looked like the game might get away from the Padres in the seventh and it simply didn't work; Hand gave up his first homer since June 10 (a grand slam to Scooter Gennett) and then immediately allowed a second afterwards. It was actually the first time Hand has been scored upon since he gave up that last homer two months ago. He can still be counted on as the closer in San Diego.
Aug 10 - 4:19 PM

Brad Hand notched his eighth save with a scoreless ninth inning against the Pirates on Saturday.

He got the job done in drama-free fashion by retiring the side in order with one strikeout. Hand took over the Padres' closer role when Brandon Maurer was traded to the Royals at the deadline. Many people thought Hand should have had the job all along. He has a 1.93 ERA with 73 strikeouts and 14 walks in 56 innings.
Aug 5 - 11:56 PM

Brad Hand worked a perfect ninth inning in Tuesday's win against the Padres for his seventh save of the season.

Hand needed 20 pitches to get through the inning, striking out two batters. He has converted five straight save chances and he hasn't allowed an earned run since being slammed for four back on June 10, a span of 20 consecutive appearances.
Aug 2 - 3:31 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Padres have decided to hold Brad Hand.

There's an argument to be made that Hand's value will never be higher, but the Padres didn't find an acceptable offer and will revisit things down the road. Hand, who owns a 2.00 ERA and 70/14 K/BB ratio over 54 innings this season, is under team control through 2019.
Jul 31 - 4:02 PM

According to AJ Cassevell of, four teams are still in on Padres reliever Brad Hand.

It's unclear which teams are in the mix, but his situation could depend on what happens with some of the other notable relievers, including Zach Britton. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports mentions the Nationals as one possibility. The Padres are aiming high with Hand and could keep him around if their asking price isn't met. The southpaw is under team control through 2019.
Jul 31 - 1:45 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Padres "haven't moved an inch" in their asking price for Brad Hand.

It was Crasnick who reported earlier Sunday that the Pads were "no longer seeking top-tier prospects" for Hand, but he's now being told that San Diego isn't backing down in their asking price. Hand remains very much available, but the Padres might wind up hanging on to him if opposing clubs aren't willing to meet their demands.
Jul 30 - 1:54 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Padres are "no longer seeking top-tier prospects" for Brad Hand.

However, while they've lowered their asking price, so far the Padres have only gotten "limited ceiling, 15-20 ranked types" in trade offers, according to Crasnick. If the offers from interested clubs don't improve, it sounds like San Diego is seriously considering hanging on to the reliever. Hand is under team control through 2019, so they could just try trading him at a later date.
Jul 30 - 9:49 AM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, there's "still a chance" the Padres could hold onto Brad Hand.

The Padres cleaned house earlier this week by trading Ryan Buchter, Trevor Cahill and Brandon Maurer to Kansas City and most were expecting Hand to be the next trade domino to fall. He's drawn particularly strong interest from the Nationals, who are going all in to improve their bullpen. However, the Padres have been underwhelmed by the offers they've received for Hand so far and it doesn't sound like the team is actively shopping him. The lefty-hander is under cheap team contract through 2019, which may be incentive for the Padres to keep him.
Jul 29 - 6:01 PM

Brad Hand earned his sixth save of the season via a scoreless ninth inning in Friday's win over the Pirates.

With the Padres clinging to a 3-2 lead, Hand allowed a leadoff single to Andrew McCutchen to open the ninth before promptly locking matters down, striking out David Freese before ending the game by inducing a double-play grounder from Josh Bell. A potential trade candidate before Monday's trade deadline, Hand owns a 2.00 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 70/14 K/BB ratio in 54 innings this season.
Jul 29 - 1:31 AM

Brad Hand secured his fourth save of the season on Wednesday, working a scoreless ninth inning to protect a three-run lead against the Mets.

Hand retired all three hitters he faced in order, one via the strikeout. He has assumed the mantle of the closer's role following the trade of Brandon Maurer to the Royals this week, though Hand could be relocating himself in the coming days. The left-hander sports an outstanding 2.08 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 67/14 K/BB ratio through 52 innings this season.
Jul 27 - 1:22 AM

Padres manager Andy Green said Monday that Brad Hand, Phil Maton and Kirby Yates will be in the mix for saves following the trade of Brandon Maurer.

Green also said that Carter Capps, who has been pitching much better at Triple-A El Paso, is also "definitely in the conversation." Hand, of course, could be traded in the next week, so him being the likely favorite for saves might be short-lived. Both Maton (3.63 ERA, 18/2 K/BB ratio over 17 1/3 innings) and Yates (2.23 ERA, 49/9 K/BB ratio over 32 1/3 innings) have both pitched very well and are worth stashing. Capps is a worthy speculative add, as well.
Jul 24 - 8:26 PM

Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that at least 15 teams have expressed interest in acquiring Brad Hand.

The 27-year-old All-Star owns a 2.30 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 60/13 K/BB ratio over 47 innings for the Padres this season. He's one of the top left-handed relievers believed to be available via trade and comes with the added bonus of having two additional years of team control. It would be a major surprise if he was still in San Diego when the calendar flips to August.
Jul 15 - 9:13 AM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Padres asked for Dodgers OF Alex Verdugo in trade talks for Brad Hand.

The Dodgers obviously balked at this request. The Padres also shot for the moon in trade talks with the Yankees, offering Hand in exchange for shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres. Per Heyman, at least 10 teams have inquired about Hand. Heyman also named the Brewers, Cubs, Diamondbacks, Nationals and Rockies as teams looking to upgrade their bullpens. Hand has been a stud for the Padres, recording a minuscule 2.30 ERA over 42 relief outings this year.
Jul 13 - 7:36 PM

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2Carlos Asuaje
SS1Erick Aybar
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LF1Jose Pirela
2Matt Szczur
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2Luis Perdomo
3Clayton Richard
4Dinelson Lamet
5Travis Wood
6Christian Friedrich
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Relief Pitcher
R1Brad Hand
2Kirby Yates
3Phil Maton
4Craig Stammen
5Jarred Cosart
6Jose Torres
7Miguel Diaz
8Matt Strahm
9Carter Capps
10Buddy Baumann