Similar to the 2022 Blue Jays squad, the 2021 roster needed some additional bullpen support heading into the second half of the season. Ross Atkins and co. had already traded for Adam Cimber and Trevor Richards earlier in the month but were needing a few more established arms in the bullpen and the rotation to help the Jays try and reach the postseason.
Hand pitched a perfect ninth innings with no strikeouts to earn the save in a 2-0 win over the Cardinals on Friday. Hand only needed eight pitches to retire the side and earn his fourth save of the campaign. The 32-year-old veteran arm has now tallied three saves since Corey Knebel was pulled out of the closer role due to control issues in mid-June. Hand finds himself in a closer committee with Seranthony Dominguez, who earned the save in Thursday's game.
Hand struck out two in a perfect ninth inning Friday to record his third save of the season in a 5-3 win over the Cardinals. Seranthony Dominguez worked the eighth inning against the heart of the St. Louis order, while Hand got the ninth against the Cards' 7-8-9 hitters. Since Corey Knebel was removed from the closer role in mid-June, Hand and Dominguez have two saves each, and they'll likely continue to share the job as long as both of them remain effective.
For a span of 5 years, Brad Hand was heralded as one of the premier relievers in baseball. Between stops in San Diego and Cleveland, Hand compiled a 2.70 ERA with 104 saves. His 1.066 WHIP limited baserunners and his 12.2 K/9 shredded maple. He made three straight All-Star games...
Hand picked up his second save of the year in the first game of Friday's doubleheader against the Nationals, striking out one in a scoreless ninth inning while allowing one hit and one walk. The Phillies announced their intention to drop Corey Knebel from the closer role in favor of...
Hand is expected to be part of a closer committee for the foreseeable future after interim manager Rob Thomson said Wednesday that Corey Knebel has been removed from the ninth-inning role, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports. The closing change comes after Knebel blew his fourth save of the season in...
PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies have made another addition to the team's bullpen. According to multiple reports, the team has agreed to a one-year, $6 million deal with left-handed reliever Brad Hand. It is the second such deal in the past four days the Phillies have struck with a veteran...
CLEARWATER, Fla. — In another move to recast their bullpen, the Phillies agreed to a one-year, $6 million contract with left-handed reliever Brad Hand, a major-league source confirmed Monday. Hand is expected to join newcomers Corey Knebel and Jeurys Familia as the top late-inning options for manager Joe Girardi,...
Primary Stats: 68 G, 64.2 IP, 3.90 ERA, 1.268 WHIP, 6-7 W/L, 61 K, 26 BB. Advanced Stats: 106 ERA+, 21.9% K%, 9.4% BB%, 4.67 xERA, 4.58 FIP, 4.76 xFIP, -0.1 fWAR, -0.3 bWAR. Being on the team for just about a month, there were no expectations of Hand going into the 2021 season for the New York Mets, although they tried to make that happen last winter. When he was slotted into that spot after his signing in September, he was not the dominant reliever he once was but was a solid pick-up for the time being.
The Mets have placed Dom Smith on the bereavement list and activated Brad Hand, who they claimed on waivers from the Blue Jays yesterday. Hand was purported to be one of the team’s offseason targets after making the All-Star team for Cleveland and San Diego in three consecutive seasons from 2017 through 19 and accumulating a league-high 16 saves for Cleveland in 2020. He signed a one-year, $10.5 million deal with the Nationals this past offseason, and he pitched steadily in D.C., where he put up a 3.59 ERA and saved 21 games in 26 opportunities. His 4.33 FIP was his highest mark since 2012, however, and in Washington’s midseason firesale, he found himself traded to Toronto for catcher Riley Adams.
NEW YORK -- Looking to bolster their bullpen for a September playoff push, the New York Mets claimed reliever Brad Hand off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday. A three-time All-Star with 126 career saves, Hand struggled badly with the Blue Jays after arriving from Washington in a July 29 trade. The left-hander went 0-2 with a 7.27 ERA in 11 appearances for Toronto and was designated for assignment Tuesday.