Nats add Hand on 1-year deal (source)

After Sean Doolittle became a free agent this offseason, the Nationals’ bullpen was without an established left-handed reliever — until Sunday. Washington and three-time All-Star Brad Hand reached a one-year, $10.5 million agreement, pending a physical, a source told MLB.com executive reporter Mark Feinsand. The club has not confirmed the

After Sean Doolittle became a free agent this offseason, the Nationals’ bullpen was without an established left-handed reliever — until Sunday.

Washington and three-time All-Star Brad Hand reached a one-year, $10.5 million agreement, pending a physical, a source told MLB.com executive reporter Mark Feinsand. The club has not confirmed the deal with the 10-year veteran. The contract is without options or incentives, per Feinsand.

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Hand, who will turn 31 in March, was terrific for Cleveland during the shortened 2020 campaign, posting a 2.05 ERA (1.37 FIP) with a 34% strikeout rate and a Major League-best 16 saves. In two-plus seasons with Cleveland, he had a 2.78 ERA over 111 appearances, with 58 saves.

Before being traded to Cleveland during the 2018 season, Hand spent two-plus season with the Padres, with whom he rose to prominence as an elite reliever. He posted a 2.66 ERA and 1.04 WHIP in 195 appearances for San Diego. He began his career as a 2008 second-round Draft pick of the Marlins, for whom he played his first five seasons.

Hand has quieted left-handed hitters over his career, limiting…

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