By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
San Diego Padres closer Brad Hand was one of the coveted players, who was likely going to be traded by the July 31st trade deadline. Hand now knows where he’ll be playing the rest of the season.
Hand was traded to the Cleveland Indians on Thursday morning. Adam Cimber also went from the Padres to the Indians in this deal.
In exchange for Hand and Cimber, the Indians traded top prospect Francisco Mejía to the Padres. He has played catcher and the outfield.
The Indians were in a tough position with Mejía, a Top 25 prospect. Cleveland has Yan Gomes signed through 2021 and Roberto Perez signed through 2022.
The 28-year-old boosts the Indians bullpen. In addition, he is signed for two-plus years before 2021 club option.
Cimber, 27, will be under the Indians control through at least the 2024 season when he would be a free agent.
Hand is the second MLB All-Star, who played in the Tuesday night’s Mid Summer Classic at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., who was traded in the past two days. Manny Machado, who represented the Baltimore Orioles in the Mid Summer Classic, was dealt to the Los Angeles Dodgers for five prospects on Wednesday.
The Minnesota native, Hand, will be joining his third MLB season. Besides playing for the Padres, he began his career with the Florida/Miami Marlins franchise.
Hand has been an All-Star for the past two seasons. He went 2-4 with a 3.05 ERA in 44 1/3 innings this season, along with 24 saves.
Hand spent two-plus seasons with the Padres after being claimed off of waivers from the Marlins on April 8th, 2016.
Cimber is in his first MLB season. He went 3-5 with a 3.17 ERA in 48 1/3 innings.
Mejía, 22, has appeared in 12 MLB games over the past two seasons, including one game this season. He did not register a hit in his lone game this season, as he went 0-for-2 with two walks in the contest.
He previously appeared in 11 games with the Indians last season. He had two hits with an RBI and a walk in 13 at-bats.
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