Hand, who last pitched for the Cleveland Indians, has been one of the leading closers in MLB for the last several years. In 2020, he lead the American League with 16 saves. He also has an ERA of 2.05, and a K/9 rate of 11.9. Perhaps most impressive was his K/BB rate of 7.25.
MLB Breaking News: One More Closer Off The Market
Brad Hand was highly sought-after, as closers are in short supply this offseason. He had been linked to several teams recently, including the New York Mets, however, the White Sox took themselves out of the Hand market when they signed Liam Hendriks to a three-year deal.
Hand’s signing with the Nationals further shrinks the closer market, perhaps making the remaining closers slightly more valuable. However, the Nationals needed a closer, and made the big move tonight. The additional bonus for the Nationals is that they signed a player that a divisional rival (the Mets) had wanted to sign.
Brad Hand become a full-time closer in 2017. Since then, he has collected a total of 105 saves. He has compiled a career ERA of 3.65, and a K/9 rate of 9.2. This is somewhat deceiving, as it is significantly higher since he became a closer. He has pitched for Miami, San Diego, and Cleveland over his 10-year career. He has also gone to three All-Star games.
Nationals Make A Key Move
With this MLB breaking news, the Nationals have solidified the closer role. While Daniel Hudson filled in admirably, Hand is a bonafide closer, who will allow Hudson to pitch in a set-up role. This should help to stabilize a bullpen that has struggled at times.
While there may be more earth-shattering MLB breaking news, this is big for the Nationals. If Hand performs as he has over the last four years, the rest of the NL East better be ready for the Nationals in 2021.
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