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Report: Padres sign Brad Hand to three-year extension


Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Padres have agreed to a three-year extension with left-handed reliever Brad Hand, pending completion of a physical. The deal will guarantee Hand $19.75 million over three years and includes a club option for a fourth year. The team has yet to confirm the extension.

Hand, 27, is coming off of a phenomenal run with the Padres in 2017, one in which he reached a career-best 1.7 fWAR and received his first All-Star nomination. The lefty maintained a pristine 2.16 ERA, 2.3 BB/9 and 11.8 SO/9 through 79 1/3 innings, padding his efforts with 21 saves after transitioning into the closer role halfway through the year.

FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman adds that the two sides initially filed at $3.6 million prior to Friday’s arbitration deadline, an agreement that will now be superseded by the extension. Assuming the club picks up the left-hander’s option in 2021, Hand will enter free agency prior to his age-32 season.

Indians sign Melky Cabrera to a minor league deal

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The Indians have signed free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera to a minor league deal. The pact is pending a physical.

Cabrera, 33, went unsigned this past offseason after putting up a season of .285/.324/.423 with 17 homers and 85 RBI with the White Sox and the Royals.

Cabrera will report to Columbus once he passes his physical and, according to Paul Hoynes, there are no guarantees being made to him that he’ll get playing time. That said, the Indians aren’t getting much outfield production from anyone besides Michael Brantley, and Cabrera’s status as a switch hitter would give Terry Francona some flexibility, so it would not be shocking to see him on the big club after some reps in the minors.