Rumors involving the Dodgers and free agent players have been scarce this offseason. Save for the occasional “insider” dropping unsubstantiated reports on the hot stove (or even the ludicrous proclamation that Nolan Arenado will be a Dodger by Christmas), Andrew Friedman has played this winter close to the vest.
For example, it came as a surprise when the Dodgers were the source for the news that the club and Blake Treinen agreed to a two-year pact. Moreover, a flurry of minor league signings was also announced by the team before reporters.
Still, as we’ve followed the rumors from the insiders (and even Jim Bowden) all offseason long, we now have one to button up. On Sunday, free agent reliever Brad Hand agreed to a one-year deal with the Washington Nationals.
Closer Brad Hand and the Washington Nationals are in agreement on a one-year, $10.5 million contract, sources familiar with the deal tell ESPN.
Hand winds up with more than his option and will be the Nationals’ new closer.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 25, 2021
For most of the winter, the Dodgers have been linked to Hand on the rumor mill, with MLB Network’s JP Morosi the first to report the interest. As the slow hot stove trudged on, reports were that Hand was seeking a multi-year pact, something LA was hesitant to bite on. It turns out that the entire league felt similarly.
With Hand now a Nat, the Dodgers turn their focus to re-signing top offseason target Justin Turner, who may just be ready to finally sit down and work out a deal to remain in blue. Additionally, Andrew Friedman may continue to kick the tires on top free agent starter Trevor Bauer, whose market may not be as lucrative as he hoped coming off a Cy Young award in 2020.
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