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Padres' Brad Hand traded to Indians in blockbuster deal

20 July 2018

The Indians and Padres agreed for a deal for lefty closer Brad Hand and righty reliever Adam Cimber on Wednesday, The Athletic reported.

The AL Central-leading Indians bolstered a bullpen that has struggled this season with Andrew Miller dealing with injuries. Cleveland sent prized catching prospect Francisco Mejia back to San Diego in the trade. Perhaps most importantly for Cleveland, Hand remains under team control through 2021, after having signed a three-year, $19.75 million contract in January.

Cimber should also be a member of future Cleveland bullpens. A 13.2 K/9 rate across 44.1 innings on the season, Hand has established himself as one of the premier left-handed relievers in the game.

The left-hander, who's earned two consecutive All-Star nods with the Padres, has struck out 13.2 batters per nine innings this season. Hand will be seen as a bridge if and when incumbent closer Cody Allen and Miller hit free agency this winter.

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As for Cimber, in his first year in the majors, has 51 Ks to only 10 BBs this season.

The No. 1 ranked prospect in the Cleveland organization, Mejia had been called up just prior to the All-Star break, appearing as a designated hitter in a game against the New York Yankees.

Mejía was batting.279 with seven home runs and 45 RBIs in 79 games for Triple-A Columbus.

Padres' Brad Hand traded to Indians in blockbuster deal