The Nationals and free-agent reliever Brad Hand have reached a one-year, $10.5 million agreement pending a physical, a source told MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand. The club has not confirmed the deal.
Hand, 30, was terrific for Cleveland during the shortened 2020 campaign, posting a 2.05 ERA (1.37 FIP) with a 34
The Nationals and free-agent reliever
Hand, 30, was terrific for Cleveland during the shortened 2020 campaign, posting a 2.05 ERA (1.37 FIP) with a 34 percent strikeout rate and an MLB-best 16 saves. In two-plus seasons with the Tribe, he had a 2.78 ERA over 111 appearances, including 58 saves.
Prior to being traded to Cleveland, Hand spent two-plus season with the Padres, with whom he rose to prominence as an elite reliever, posting a 2.66 ERA and 1.04 WHIP in 195 appearances for San Diego.
Washington has been searching for a replacement for Sean Doolittle, who is a free agent, and also needs a proven left-handed reliever, which it would get with Hand.