Brad Hand has found new life in San Diego, with outstanding results, quality peripherals, and success against hitters on both sides of the plate among the desirable attributes. He’s also earning just $1.375MM this year with two more seasons of arbitration control remaining, making him a future piece as well as an impact late-season target. But we’ve also heard that the Padres are placing quite a lofty asking price on the southpaw.
Here’s the latest on Hand:
- San Diego will not deal away Hand barring a sudden change in the next few minutes, Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweets.
- There’s now some increased discussion brewing on Hand, per Heyman (via Twitter). In addition to the Nats, he tabs the Astros and Dodgers as possible suitors, along with the Yankees and Indians — though, to be clear, it’s not immediately apparent just which of these clubs are engaged with San Diego right now.
- As many as four teams are still looking into Hand at this point, according to MLB.com’s AJ Cassavell (via Twitter). It could come down to the wire as to whether Hand will be traded today, Cassavell adds.
- It’s not immediately clear just which organizations have ongoing interest at this stage, but one appears to be the Nationals, Jon Heyman of Fan Rag notes on Twitter.