While the post-All Star game trades got started with Manny Machado going to the Dodgers for prospects, the Indians certainly didn’t waste anytime making a splash of their own.
It was reported this morning that the Indians had traded for lefty Brad Hand, who has been an ace reliever and an All Star this season, and right-handed reliever in Adam Cimber. While the Tribe didn’t send a plethora of prospects to San Diego, they did send their top prospect Francisco Mejia, who according to MLB Pipeline, is ranked as the 15th overall prospect in baseball.
As Ken Rosenthal said, this looks very similar to another deal made by the Tribe, when the acquired ace reliever Andrew Miller. They sent their number one prospect at the time in Clint Frazier and a top starting pitching prospect in Justus Sheffield to the Yankees to acquire Miller. The price was hefty, but Miller helped Cleveland get within one win of a World Series title.
Just like with Andrew Miller, the Indians didn’t send a top prospect over for a rental. Brad Hand recently signed a 3-year extension with the Padres. According to Ken Rosenthal, the deal has a $10 million club option with a $1 million buyout for 2021. Basically, Hand will be giving Cleveland a hand for quite awhile.
In 41 games this season, Brad Hand currently has a 3.05 ERA, which is definitely higher than the 2.16 ERA he posted in 72 games in 2017. Like Hand, Cimber has also been relatively effective, with an ERA of 3.17.
This deal could definitely mean the Indians are getting ahead of the ball since Andrew Miller is a free agent after this season. With Hand having three years of team control and Cimber having five, it could save them some headaches of trying to find another bullpen arm in the offseason. This trade definitely bolsters their bullpen as they head towards the postseason.
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