So let’s take a look, shall we?
Alex Colomé, who recorded 12 saves with a 0.81 ERA for the White Sox this year, is a free agent, too.
General managers are taking a cautious approach to relievers this winter, which became apparent when no team claimed Hand on outright waivers (at a $10 million salary) before he became a free agent. In an offseason unaffected by the COVID-19 pandemic and associated economic concerns, it’s likely that at least one team would have valued an All-Star-caliber reliever at that price.
The defending World Series champions were among the teams with early interest in Hand. The arrival of Knebel diminishes the Dodgers’ need to sign Hand, but there’s healthy interest in the 30-year-old left-hander across the Majors. Sources say the rival Giants are one team with interest as part of their overall focus on adding left-handers to counteract the Dodgers’ imposing lineup.
The Giants also appear to be a suitor for Hendriks or Bradley. San Francisco is very familiar with both, given Hendriks’ tenure on the other side of the Bay Bridge and Bradley’s 2.83 ERA at Oracle Park as a member of the D-backs. (That mark is Bradley’s best for any stadium in which he has appeared in at least 10 games.)
Sources say the Phillies have inquired on virtually every notable free-agent reliever, including the names listed above. That is to be expected, given the Philadelphia bullpen's Major League-worst 7.06 ERA in 2020.