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Potential Red Sox target Brad Hand goes to Indians

Rob Bradford
July 19, 2018 - 11:34 am

Let the run on relief pitchers begin!

According to The Athletic, the Indians are acquiring San Diego closer Brad Hand, with top catching prospect Francisco Mejia heading to the Padres. Ken Rosenthal also reports that Cleveland is getting San Diego rookie reliever Adam Cimber in the deal.

Hand had been linked the Red Sox, who are in the market for a late-inning reliever to help set-up Craig Kimbrel. The lefty, who just appeared in his second straight All-Star Game, has closed for the past two seasons, boasting a slider many compare to the one offered by Cleveland's Andrew Miller.

While Hand has been dominant for much of the season, he has struggled over the past month. In his last nine appearances, the reliever's ERA stands at 8.00 with a .341 batting average against. The Indians are, however, gaining three years of team control thanks to the extension Hand inked in 2016.

The right-handed Cimber, in his first major league season, has appeared in 42 games for the Padres, totaling a 3.17 ERA and .237 batting average against.

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