Extending a (Brad) Hand: Reliever to Remain a Friar Through 2020

January 13, 2018

  Long live the Hand puns. Reports from Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic and Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports broke news today of a three-year contract extension for San Diego Padres reliever Brad Hand. The deal will keep the left-hander in San Diego through the 2020 season with a club option for 2021, and is reportedly worth $19.75 million in guaranteed money. The extension offers a degree of stability to…


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,…


A.J. Preller Is Overplaying His Hand

July 20, 2017

  I will start by saying this: Brad Hand is very good at baseball. Selected off waivers from the Marlins at the beginning of last year, Hand almost immediately parlayed a newfound opportunity on the mound into a career revitalization. He struck out over 30 percent of the hitters he faced. He also carried a 2.92 ERA through 89.1 innings, the heaviest workload of any relief pitcher in the league…