Is Brad Hand Left-Handed?
Yes. Brad Hand is a Left-Handed Pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies
According to a source, the Phillies have agreed to a one-year, $6 million deal with the left-handed reliever Brad Hand, confirming an ESPN report.
Hand was a highly regarded closer as recently as 2020, but he struggled in 2021. At the deadline, he was moved from Washington to Toronto, and the Blue Jays designated him for assignment in early September.
In 16 appearances with the Mets, he completed the year strong with a 2.70 ERA and more than a strikeout per inning.
In the abbreviated 2020 season, Hand, who turns 32 on Sunday, led the majors with 16 saves. In each of the previous three seasons, he was an All-Star, with a 2.67 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and 12.7 strikeouts per nine innings.
Hand’s fastball velocity was down an mph from his career average to 91.4 mph in 2020, causing worry. It averaged 93.0 in 2021, with a high of 94.0 in the midst of the summer.
In the bullpen, the Phillies were in desperate need of another left-hander. As a late-inning left-handed alternative, Hand joins Jose Alvarado.
Along with expected closer Corey Knebel and former Met Jeurys Familia, he is the Phillies’ third veteran reliever to sign a major-league contract this offseason.
Alvarado, Connor Brogdon, Sam Coonrod, Seranthony Dominguez, Nick Nelson, and left-handed pitchers Bailey Falter and Ryan Sherriff are among the others in the mix.
In November, the Rays claimed Sherriff off waivers after Nelson was acquired through trade from the Yankees.
In 2011, Hand debuted in the NL East as a starter for the Marlins. He was with Miami until 2015, before moving on to San Diego and Cleveland as a top reliever and pitching for three teams last season.
The Phillies are hopeful he can continue his strong play from September.