Brad Hand – LHP
With the Blue Jays needing some bullpen help as they were making a postseason push in the 2021 campaign, they sent prospect catcher Riley Adams to the Washington Nationals in exchange for veteran relief pitcher Brad Hand.
Hand was being used as the Nationals’ closer at the time of the deal, racking up 21 saves but was struggling heading into the trade deadline, allowing seven earned runs through six appearances. This trend continued with the Jays, as the southpaw struggled through 11 appearances, pitching to a 7.27 ERA while allowing 13 hits, and seven earned runs through 8.2 innings pitched. He would be designated for assignment in late August.
He finished the season with the Mets and signed a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Phillies worth $6 million for the 2022 season. The Minnesota product has found his rhythm again, as he amassed a 2.80 ERA through 45.0 innings with five saves, much to the dismay of Blue Jays fans.
In the postseason, Hand has been pretty effective, allowing just one earned run off four hits through four appearances, three in the NLDS and one in the NLCS. While the opposing teams have knocked him to a .333 batting average, he keeps them off the board and has also added three strikeouts to his postseason line.