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Why this elite reliever might not get traded

Padres' asking price lofty for left-hander Hand
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Brad Hand might be the most coveted reliever on the trade market, but the Padres' asking price could keep the left-hander in San Diego beyond the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

Catch up on the latest Trade Talk

Brad Hand might be the most coveted reliever on the trade market, but the Padres' asking price could keep the left-hander in San Diego beyond the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

Catch up on the latest Trade Talk

Several rival executives have expressed doubt that the southpaw will be dealt, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman in an article for Fancred Sports.

"Hand is going nowhere," one rival said.

While he's aware of the trade rumors, Hand said Thursday on MLB Network Radio that he hopes to stay in San Diego.

"I love it here," Hand said. "I think that we're going to have a good team here in the next few years."

Tweet from @MLBNetworkRadio: #Padres Brad Hand doesn't want to be traded. He wants to win in San Diego. #LetsGoPadres pic.twitter.com/ZMkeAPdziQ

Hand, 28, has become one of the top relievers in baseball over the past three seasons, posting a 2.63 ERA with a 1.04 WHIP and an 11.8 K/9 rate in that span. He'll be the Padres' lone representative in the 2018 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on Tuesday, earning his second straight All-Star nod.

Video: Hand earns a spot in the 2018 All-Star Game

The lefty is under contract through 2020 with a team option for '21, and the Padres hope to contend as early as next season. As a result, another rival expects it will take a package on par with those the Yankees got for Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller in '16 to pry Hand away from San Diego.

"They'd absolutely have to kill it," that rival said about the haul the Padres would need to trade Hand.

The Yankees netted four players in each of the aforementioned trades, including Gleyber Torres from the Cubs and Clint Frazier and Justus Sheffield from the Indians.

At the time, Torres and Frazier were the top-ranked prospects in their respective organizations, and Sheffield was Cleveland's No. 5 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline.

Although many top contenders need bullpen help, clubs may be unwilling to pay that price for Hand, especially with so many solid mid-level relief options available for trade.

Thomas Harrigan is an editor for MLB.com.