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The Mets are negotiating to sign free agent reliever Brad Hand, a source tells the Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal (via Twitter). If the deal does indeed come to fruition, Hand’s deal is expected to be a two-year agreement, adds Rosenthal, though full terms of the contract are not yet known. While Rosenthal reports that a deal is close, a contract is not yet signed. In fact, the two sides are not particularly close to reaching a conclusion, writes’s Mark Feinsand (via Twitter).

Hand unwittingly became an emblematic figure for this winter’s free agency when the Indians surprisingly chose to waive him rather than bring him back on a one-year, $10MM deal. When none of the other 29 teams claimed Hand, despite the seemingly favorable terms of his one-year pact, the tenor for the winter was set. Interest has picked up in recent weeks for Hand, however, as the Astros, Blue Jays, Dodgers, and White Sox all expressed at least some degree of interest along with the Mets, obviously, and the Red Sox, we learned today from Chris Cotillo of (via Twitter).

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