Padres' Brad Hand: Signs extension with San Diego
Although Hand had been involved in various trade rumors over this offseason, it appears as though the club will move forward with the the left-hander as its closer for 2018 and beyond. At this point, the specifics on the deal haven't been announced, but Rosenthal stated that the monetary figures would be within the $18-to-20-million range. During this past year, Hand posted a 2.16 ERA and 0.93 WHIP with 21 saves once he took over the ninth-inning role in July. He ranked in the top 15 of all relievers with an 11.5 K/9 and cut down on his free passes as well, trimming a 3.6 BB/9 mark in 2016 to 2.3 last season. With a rebuilding Padres club, he may not receive the same amount of save chances as other closers in the game, but Hand should provide strong value heading into the upcoming campaign.
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