RP - FA
Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic originally reported that the Mets and free agent LHP Brad Hand were “close” to a two-year contract. This report has been updated and both sides are “not close” to a deal.
Jon Heyman of the MLB Network also confirmed that both sides are “not close” to a completed deal. The Mets have a decent chance to sign Hand, but the Astros, Dodgers and Blue Jays remain interested. Hand was terrific for the Indians in 2020, converting 16 saves while posting a 2.05 ERA, 0.77 WHIP and 29:4 K:BB ratio across 22 innings. The left-hander is expected to be in the mix for save opportunities for whichever team he lands with in 2021.
The Mets are reportedly signing free agent LHP Brad Hand to a two-year deal, per Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic.
The Mets reportedly signed Hand to a two-year deal. He was terrific for the Indians in 2020, converting 16 saves while posting a 2.05 ERA, 0.77 WHIP and 29:4 K:BB ratio across 22 innings. Hand is expected to be in the mix for save opportunities for the Mets and should be one of the top-10 relievers off the board.
Free agent Brad Hand has been gaining some interest from the New York Mets, per Andy Martino of SNY.
Hand has reportedly been discussing multi-year deals with teams this offseason after being non-tendered by the Indians back in late October. He was excellent for the Indians in 2020, compiling a 2.05 ERA, 0.77 WHIP, 29:4 K/BB ratio, and 16 saves over 22 innings. Teams are starting to show a sense of urgency to sign relievers in the wake of the Liam Hendriks. Keep an eye on Hand in the coming days.
Jesse Rogers of ESPN reports free agent reliever Brad Hand is discussing multi-year deals with teams right now.
Liam Hendriks received $54 million guaranteed on Monday night, so we might finally get some more action among free agent relievers. No MLB team claimed Hand off waivers when he was available for $10 million on a one-year deal, so it's interesting to hear that he's now discussing multi-year deals. Perhaps teams misread the reliever market back in the Fall. Hand was once again fantastic during the shortened 2020 campaign.
Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports the New York Mets have interest in star closer Brad Hand.
Hand finished the 2020 season with a 2.05 ERA, 1.37 FIP, and 0.77 WHIP and led the AL with 16 saves. Sandy Alderson, General Manager of the Mets, mentioned that the new regime might have claimed Hand when he was on waivers had it been their call then. The Mets have already signed Trevor May, so Hand would be the only left-handed reliever in their bullpen right now.