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Report: San Diego Padres trade Brad Hand to the Cleveland Indians

NBC Sports logo NBC Sports 7/19/2018 Craig Calcaterra

a man throwing a ball © Getty Images Ken Rosenthal reports that the San Diego Padres have traded closer Brad Hand to the Cleveland Indians. No details have yet been reported on the return.

Hand, the Padres’ All-Star closer, has a 3.05 ERA and 65/15 K/BB ratio and 24 saves over over 44.1 innings of work this season. In addition to helping an Indians bullpen which has struggled mightily this season, Hand will provide an insurance policy for the next two seasons given that both Andrew Miller and Cody Allen are due to hit free agency this winter. Hand, meanwhile, is under contract for this year and next for a total of $13.5 million, with a $10 million club option for 2021.

We’ll update further when the players heading back to San Diego are known.

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