LET’S GO!!!! After months of hearing the fanbase beg for bullpen help, the Blue Jays went out and got some by acquiring closer Brad Hand from the Washington Nationals. What a great pickup by the Jays just a day before they’re coming back home.
— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) July 29, 2021
Brad Hand is a 31-year old relief pitcher who’s been the closer for the Nats this season. He has a 3.59 ERA this year to go along with a 1.15 WHIP and 42 strikeouts which is nearly a K/inning on the season. Hand has converted 21 saves this season in 26 opportunities.
Brad Hand with the paint 🎨 pic.twitter.com/T6wfui3qs7
— Dillard Barnhart (@BarnHasSpoken2) July 27, 2021
Every Jays fan knew that the club needed to go out and get some bullpen reinforcements by the deadline if they want to be competitive down the stretch, and that’s exactly what they did by acquiring Hand. Ross Atkins listened to our pleas and went out and landed a quality veteran lefty who has a ton of experience in high-leverage situations and is someone you should feel confident handing the ball to when it matters most.
I’m sure there’s gonna be some of you that aren’t gonna be satisfied by this deal. “Brad Hand’s washed up”, “Brad Hand’s blown a bunch of saves”, “Brad Hand’s just a rental”. Those people can shove it. He’s a 3x All-Star who’s a real fireman in the ‘pen, and all it cost was a catcher, who’s not even the best catcher in the Jays’ farm system, and taking on the rest of Hand’s ’21 salary. Not much for a guy with tremendous upside and a pedigree to match.
OFFICIAL: We've acquired LHP Brad Hand from the Nationals in exchange for C Riley Adams.
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) July 29, 2021
We’ve been begging for the Blue Jays to bring in some bullpen help and Brad Hand is just that. He was one of the best relievers available on the trade market and while he isn’t having a career year he’s still a hell of a lot better than most of the arms that currently make up Toronto’s relief corps. He’s not the Nationals reliever I thought the Jays would land but he’s a welcoming addition to this bullpen and is definitely an improvement.
This shows us that the front office is committed to fielding a competitive team for the rest of the season and I’m all for it. Keep the deals coming!