Minnesota Twins Viable Candidate for a Brad Hand Trade with Padres

December 4, 2017

As the MLB Winter Meetings begin December 10 in Orlando, Florida, the name Brad Hand will surely come up. He is one of the best relievers available on the trade market and teams are conscious that A.J. Preller is not shy about pulling the trigger on a deal. You can link the prized left-handed pitcher to virtually any team that is in contention. From the Cubs and Yankees, to the Dodgers…

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San Diego Padres Off-Season Simulation Results: Yes, We Traded Brad Hand

December 1, 2017

Disclaimer: All the moves discussed here were a simulation and do not contain any substance to the reality of the 2017-2018 offseason. No, we didn’t trade for Giancarlo Stanton or sign Shohei Ohtani. Writers from each of Major League Baseball’s 30 teams gathered together to do a full-scale offseason simulation for three days, including trades, free agent signings, releases, and much more. The San Diego Padres were a hot ticket,…

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What Would It Take for the Padres to Acquire Gleyber Torres?

November 27, 2017

The hole at the shortstop position for the San Diego Padres is larger than the Grand Canyon itself. Well, at least it certainly feels that way if you have rooted for this franchise in recent memory. For seemingly ever, the Padres have lacked any consistency at one of the most vital positions in all of baseball. Guys like Alexei Ramirez, Alexi Amarista, Clint Barmes, and Erick Aybar have manned short…

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If Brad Hand is Dealt, What are the Closing Options for the Padres?

November 19, 2017

There are plenty of rumors swirling that the San Diego Padres will soon be seriously entertaining offers for closer Brad Hand. Without a doubt, the team will be fielding calls in a constant effort to get better. The effort to improve starts with the minor league system, and if dealing Brad Hand can bring in more prospects, then the team will surely pull the trigger. A.J. Preller has already indicated…

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PNO (Positives, Negatives, Outlook): Brad Hand

November 1, 2017

In April of 2016, the San Diego Padres claimed Brad Hand from the Miami Marlins. The Marlins had been using Hand mainly as a swingman in 2015 where he pitched to a 5.30 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP with a 6.46 K/9 and a 3.09 BB/9. With the Padres, Hand was immediately converted to a strict bullpen role and, with the help of a new found prowess for his slider,…

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The Trade Stove is About to Heat Up for Padres

October 28, 2017

As the World Series comes to a conclusion, it is certainly inevitable that the San Diego Padres will begin fielding calls on their players. General manager A.J. Preller is a mover and a shaker, and is not shy about potentially improving his team. The Padres are on an upswing. Those with baseball knowledge recognize the fact that the team has stockpiled prospects at virtually every position. The present nucleus of…

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The Brad Hand Sweepstakes are Sure to Heat Up, Will Padres Pull the Trigger?

October 15, 2017

As the weather changes and another season of the game of baseball comes to a close, it is time to start thinking about off-season transactions. The San Diego Padres will surely be players when it comes to active trade talks. The team has a rare combination of young prospects and relevant major league talent that could be shopped around. Names like Yangervis Solarte, Travis Jankowski, and Brad Hand will come…

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Will Recent Waiver Wire Addition Tim Melville be a Productive Padre?

August 31, 2017

In recent years, the Padres have made some outstanding waiver claims. In 2016, it was Brad Hand who went from a struggling starting pitcher in Miami to a stud high-leverage reliever in San Diego. In the two years that he has been with the Friars, Hand has twirled a shiny 2.61 ERA in 155 innings pitched, an innings total that ranks at the top among MLB relievers. During this span,…

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Seven Reasons to Keep Watching the Padres

August 9, 2017

As I type this, the Padres are currently 49-62 and fresh off the heels of an 11-3 loss to the lowly Cincinnati Reds. Yeah, not all that fun. The Padres have been playing decent baseball for the last few months, but part of that has been due to luck. Their run differential is by far the worst in the big leagues, at -143. They are an even thirty games behind…

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The Padres Made Right Move in Keeping Brad Hand at Deadline

August 1, 2017

All month long we’ve been speculating what kind of return the Padres could get for Brad Hand, who has been on fire since being claimed by the team last April. The trade deadline came and went, and to the benefit of the Padres, Hand is still in San Diego. Many saw Brad Hand as the Padres best option to bring in some more top prospects to fatten up the system…

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San Diego Padres Take A Great Risk, Hold Onto Hand

July 31, 2017

As I am writing this, it is 1:02 PM PST and the trade deadline has come and gone without any Padres trades. Well except for the trade that sent Brandon Maurer, Trevor Cahill, and Ryan Buchter to the Royals for Travis Wood, Matt Strahm, and Estuery Ruiz, but you already knew about that. But the big trade that everyone anticipated, the Brad Hand deal that would net the Padres a…

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The Clock is Ticking: Will the Padres Give a Team a “Hand” or Not?

July 31, 2017

Here we are. After a month of speculation and rumors, it is finally July 31st. With the trade deadline coming quickly at four o’clock Eastern Standard Time and one o’clock Pacific Standard Time, Padres fans will finally get an answer to the big question: Will the San Diego Padres trade Brad Hand or not? Over the last week, there has been an immense amount of speculation with a variety of…

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