Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that the Indians are among the teams interested in Padres closer Brad Hand.
The could certainly use the bullpen help, as their relievers rank 29th in the majors with 5.28 ERA. Hand would provde that help has he has a 3.05 ERA and 65/15 K/BB ratio and 24 saves over over 44.1 innings of work. He’s also provide an insurance policy for the next two seasons given that both Andrew Miller and Cody Allen due to hit free agency this winter. Hand, meanwhile, is under contract for this year and next for a total of $13.5 million, with a $10 million club option for 2021.
He’d cost a lot, but he’d also solve a problem for the Indians, both in the short term and the long term.
Rangers third baseman Adrián Beltré is dealing with a Grade 2 strain of his left hamstring, marking the third time this season the 39-year-old has dealt with a hamstring issue. The injuries are weighing on Beltré, who sounds like he is mulling retirement.
Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports that Beltré said, “It brings the question of is this going to keep happening more often? Is it worth it to fight back? Is it a sign that it’s getting closer to time to say good-bye to you guys?”
In 358 plate appearances this season, Beltré has hit .278/.335/.394 with seven home runs and 41 RBI. His .729 OPS would be his lowest since 2009, when he put up a .683 OPS with the Mariners. Beltré is a free agent after the season and turns 40 years old in April. It wouldn’t be surprising if he decided to call it quits after this season. If he does hang ’em up, Beltré will be — in this writer’s humble opinion — a first-ballot Hall of Famer when he is eligible five years from retirement.