Indians add pitchers Brad Hand, Aaron Cimber for prospect Francisco Meija
CLEVELAND– The Cleveland Indians bullpen is getting some much-needed help.
The Tribe added lefty closer Brad Hand and rookie right-handed reliever Aaron Cimber, the team announced on Thursday. The deal sent top catching prospect Francisco Meija to San Diego.
“With this trade, we felt like we added two key pieces to this bullpen that we think will not only impact us not only this year, but for years to come. Brad has established himself as one of the best left-handed relievers in the game and has extensive experience pitching in leverage situations in closing games, so we think he will be a great addition to the back end of our bullpen,” said Chris Antonetti, Indians president of baseball operations.
Hand is a two-time MLB All-Star with perfect performances in the Midsummer Classic. This year, he has a 3.05 ERA and 24 saves over 44 innings. He signed a three-year, $19.75 million contract with Cleveland with a club option for 2021, according to MLB reporter Ken Rosenthal.
Cimber logged a 3.17 ERA in 42 games with a K/BB ratio of 51/10.
“Adam Cimber is a guy that has emerged this year as a low-slot right handed reliever that has been especially effective against right handed hitters and we think he will be a good compliment to the guys we have in the bullpen and should help us in the second half,” Antonetti said.
This is not only good news for the currently struggling Indians bullpen, but the deal can keep things solid when Andrew Miller and Cody Allen become free agents at the end of this season.
“We were in a fortunate position organizationally, where we had some depth catching, not only at the major league level, but at the minor leagues, and that afforded us the opportunity to look at a deal like this. And the Padres have been one of the most consistent teams with interest in Francisco and that allowed us to put the deal together,” Antonetti said.