Padres Sign Left-Hander Brad Hand to Three-Year Contract

The San Diego Padres have signed left-handed pitcher Brad Hand to a three-year contract through the 2020 season with a club option for 2021, Executive Vice President & General Manager A.J. Preller announced today.

January 14th, 2018

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Padres have signed left-handed pitcher Brad Hand to a three-year contract through the 2020 season with a club option for 2021, Executive Vice President & General Manager A.J. Preller announced today.

 

Hand, 27, earned his first career All-Star selection in 2017 after posting a career-best 2.16 ERA (19 ER, 79.1 IP), converting 21 of his 26 save opportunities with 104 strikeouts to just 20 walks in 72 appearances. He finished third among all National League relievers in strikeouts, fifth in SO/BB ratio (5.20), seventh in WHIP (0.93), eighth in ERA and opponents average (.191) and tied for 10th in saves. Hand became the second reliever in Padres history to record back-to-back 100 strikeout seasons (2016-17), joining Trevor Hoffman who accomplished the feat in the 1996-97 seasons. Dating back to the start of the 2016 campaign, his 215 strikeouts are most among all NL relievers and third-most in the majors, trailing only NYY's Dellin Betances (226) and CLE's Andrew Miller (218).

 

The left-hander was claimed off waivers by San Diego from the Miami Marlins on April 8, 2016 and owns a 16-33 career record with a 3.92 ERA (199 ER, 457.1 IP), 405 strikeouts, 176 walks and a .239 (408-for-1707) opponents' batting average in 244 games (43 starts) between the Marlins (2011-15) and Padres (2016-17). He was originally selected by the Marlins in the second round of the June 2008 draft out of Chaska High School (Minn.).