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Sports AP source: Nationals agree to sign All-Star closer Brad Hand

05:06  25 january  2021
05:06  25 january  2021 Source:   msn.com

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Nationals and left- handed reliever Brad Hand agree to one-year deal. Hand ’s agreement with Washington was first reported by ESPN. It is still contingent on Hand passing a physical in Hand ’s deal means it took close to million for General Manager Mike Rizzo to rip through his to-do list.

We’ve acquired All - Star LHP Brad Hand and RHP Adam Cimber from the Padres for C/OF Francisco Mejia. Hand is a 2x All - Star with 46 saves and a The Padres claimed Hand off waivers from Miami early in the 2016 season and he developed into a two-time All - Star . Known for his slider, he has 24

WASHINGTON — All-Star closer Brad Hand has agreed to a deal with the Washington Nationals, according to a person with knowledge of the deal.

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The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday because the contract was still not official and is pending the successful completion of a physical exam.

The 30-year-old left-hander is poised to become Washington’s closer after leading the majors with 16 saves during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. Hand joins the back end of the bullpen that already includes Will Harris, Daniel Hudson and Tanner Rainey.

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SAN DIEGO ( AP ) — All - Star closer Brad Hand and the San Diego Padres have agreed to a three-year contract reportedly worth .75 million, pending They hope to be competitive by next season. The Padres signed Hand off waivers from the Marlins on April 8, 2016. “ Brad ’s a guy that’s going to

WASHINGTON ( AP ) — Postseason star Howie Kendrick and the World Series champion Washington Nationals agreed to a .25 million, one-year contract, according to two people with Kendrick arrived in Washington via trade in July 2017, then re- signed with the Nationals following that season.

After tying for last place in the NL East, the Nationals have acquired Hand, starter Jon Lester (pending a physical), slugger Kyle Schwarber and first baseman Josh Bell. They also brought back the organization's longest tenured player, Ryan Zimmerman, after he opted out in 2020.

Cleveland declined Hand's $10 million option after last season. Multiple reports have indicated his agreement with the Nationals is one year for $10.5 million.


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Hand will be playing for his fourth team in his 11th major league season. He has a 3.65 ERA in 396 career appearances and 105 saves and has been a full-time reliever since 2016, making three All-Star teams.

Hand's fastball velocity has dropped over 2 mph the past two seasons and averaged 91.4 mph in 2020. Despite that, he posted a 2.05 ERA and struck out 29 batters in 22 innings.

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AP Sports Writer Howard Fendrich contributed.

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Stephen Whyno, The Associated Press

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