It’s a foregone conclusion that Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is shopping for a starting pitcher. New York has been linked to several available starters, including Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Nathan Eovaldi, Detroit Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer, Toronto Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ and Texas Rangers left-hander Cole Hamels.
After seeing closer Aroldis Chapman leave a game early this weekend with a sore left knee, it’s also possible Cashman is shopping for a reliever. Perhaps the best one on the market is San Diego Padres left-hander Brad Hand, who was named Sunday to the National League All-Star roster.
Hand knows his time in San Diego could be coming to a close. According to Spotrac, Hand is under team control through 2020, and his contract is quite reasonable, even when you take into account his signing bonus: $7.083 million for 2019, $7.583 million for 2020, and a team option for $10 million in 2021 with a $1 million buyout.
According to USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale, Hand knows his contract makes him quite valuable before the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline:
“Last year, I sat by my phone waiting to see what was going to happen,” says Hand. “My wife would ask me daily what was going to happen. You just have no idea. I’ve been talked about for a year and a half now, but I’m still here.
“I guess we’ll see how long it lasts.”
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Hand has 24 saves and a 2.91 ERA this season for the Padres, who are in last place in the National League West, 11.5 games behind the first-place Arizona Diamondbacks.
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