Brad Hand, New York Mets near a deal? Possibly not? (Reviews)


The New York Mets Bullpen could be devastating this season if they can strike a deal with Reliever Brad Hand.

Do you have a news week, New York Sports? Since the Mets Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco took over from Cleveland, almost every team in town has done something significant. From the James Harden deal to the Jets hiring Robert Saleh as the new head coach for … the Knicks … it’s been a busy week.

And the Mets will apparently ride the wave. According to reports on Friday morning, the Mets are signing a deal with freelance agent Brad Hand to join an already deep bullpen.

According to The Athletic, the match with free agent reliever Brad Hand is close.

– Ken Rosenthal (@ Ken_Rosenthal) January 15, 2021

Shortly after Rosenthal followed this first report with indications that the contract would be a two-year agreement, he went back.

Correction: Mets are on hand and engaged in discussions, but two other sources say my first report is inaccurate and the two sides are not close to an agreement at this time. Mets have been interested in hand since Indians turned down its option.

– Ken Rosenthal (@ Ken_Rosenthal) January 15, 2021

A number of teams have been hand-connected, including the Dodgers who build a ridiculous bullpen themselves. The Dodgers recently signed reliever Blake Treinen on a two-year deal for $ 17.5 million to add more depth to their backend as they attempt to defend their title.

The largest free agent deal signed so far this winter is the White Sox, who signs Liam Hendriks for a four-year deal worth $ 54 million. The Mets gave Trevor May a $ 15.5 million two-year deal to bolster their bullpen early this off-season.

Aloha, Mr. Hand

Hand, who turns 31 on March 20, is a three-time All-Star who has spent the past two and a half seasons with the Cleveland Indians. As a left-handed player, Hand has an ERA + of 157 and 104 saves for the past five seasons. During that time he has a FIP of 2.92 and a strikeout of 12.2 per nine innings. He has scored 50 saves in the last two seasons and led the league with 16 saves during the 2020 campaign shortened by the pandemic.

What does this mean for the Mets?

Your bullpen will be absolutely filthy.

We are already talking to Carrasco in the fold about the fact that Seth Lugo is likely going to the bullpen. Edwin Díaz scored 50 goals in 25.2 innings last season. New signing May scored 38 in 23.1 innings for the Twins last season. Dellin Betances should be back at some point and now they can use Jeurys Familia in fewer high leverage situations.

Keep in mind, however, that the Mets should also have a deep starting rotation, with Jacob DeGrom leading a group that could be one of the strongest in the National League.

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