(Washington) All-star stopper Brad Hand has agreed to a contract with the Washington Nationals, according to a person familiar with the deal.
The source spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Sunday because the contract is still unofficial and is conditional on a successful physical exam.
The 30-year-old Hand is set to become the Nationals’ stopper, having led the Majors with 16 saves last season. The southpaw would join a squad that already includes relievers Will Harris, Daniel Hudson and Tanner Rainey.
After finishing last in the National’s East section, the Nationals added starter Jon Lester, power hitter Kyle Schwarber and first baseman Josh Bell. They also brought back veteran Ryan Zimmerman, who had not played in 2020, back into their roster.
Cleveland did not accept Hand’s 10 million US option at the end of last season. Several reports claim the Nationals gave Hand a one-year contract worth $ 10.5 million.
Hand will be their fourth team in 11 seasons in Major League Baseball. He has shown an earned-run average of 3.65 in 396 career appearances, recording 105 saves. He has been selected for the All-Star Game three times.
Hand’s fastpitch velocity has dropped two miles an hour over the past two seasons, but he claimed a 2.05 earned-run average in 2020, striking out 29 batters in 22 innings.