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the two sides initially filed at $3.6 million prior to Friday’s arbitration deadline, an agreement that will now be superseded by the extension.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 outfielder Bradley Zimmer is out for the year after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder, the team announced Saturday. The projected recovery timetable spans anywhere from 8-12 months, which puts Zimmer’s return in the second half of the 2019 season, assuming that all goes well.
Zimmer, 25, had not made an appearance for the Indians since June 3. He racked up a cumulative nine weeks on the major- and minor-league disabled lists this season and will have finished his year with a .226/.281/.330 batting line, seven extra-base hits, and four stolen bases in 114 plate appearances.
The outfielder reportedly sustained his season-ending injury during a workout in Triple-A Columbus, where Cleveland.com’s Joe Noga says Zimmer began feeling discomfort in his shoulder after completing a set of one-handed throwing drills. Comments from club manager Terry Francona suggest that the Indians have every reason to believe that he’ll make a full recovery by next summer, though it’s not yet clear whether or not he’ll need additional time to readjust to a full workload when he takes the field again.