Recently, I looked back on a time when reliever Brad Hand was the biggest want on my wish-list. Now, we are right back where we started with the 29-year old reliever.
With the floundering Cleveland Indians checking in at 34-32 (10.5 games back in their division), there’s a chance that Cleveland could be sellers at the deadline. Furthermore, Bob Nightengale of USA Today says that the Dodgers are once again interested in Hand internally.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) June 12, 2019
Remember, the Dodgers had interest in Hand in 2017 when he was with the San Diego Padres. Of course, Hand was eventually dealt to Cleveland last season from San Diego; helping the Indians to make the postseason.
What’s more, Hand is currently more dominant than he’s ever been.
In 30 appearances, Hand has 19 saves and a brilliant 0.91 ERA. Without question, that plays in any bullpen in the league.
While Hand wouldn’t necessarily slide into the Dodgers’ closer role, he immediately would strengthen the sum of the whole by walking into the clubhouse. And personally – I think the guy would look tremendous in the Dodger uniform.
Lastly, the cost isn’t known for Hand; and Cleveland has made no official indication that he’s available. However, the first step in all of this is that the Dodgers identify the player as a target. According to Nightengale, that’s already happened.
This guy is first on my shopping list for this July. How do you feel about him, what do you think would be the cost; and what are you willing to part with to add him? Let us know in the comments!