Despite finishing close to .500 and nearly cracking the playoffs, the Philadelphia Phillies still managed to log just 11 saves, tied for 24th in all of baseball with just three teams having fewer.
The Phillies have shown that they aren’t afraid to spend money during the free agency period, so bringing on a big contract like Brad Hand isn’t out of the realm for them. A team that is expected to complete, a bullpen upgrade is a must for Philadelphia.
During the 2020 season, the Phillies saw Hector Neris and Brandon Workman each log five saves with a lone save coming from Tommy Hunter. However, none of those three had an ERA below 4.00. In fact, no one in the Philadelphia bullpen had an ERA lower than 2.80. You can’t win with a bullpen that struggles that bad across the board.
The Philadelphia Phillies and Cleveland Indians have flipped free agents many times in the past and Hand could be the next on the list. He would instantly become the best pitcher in the pen for the Phillies and would fill a major hole from the 2020 season. If the Phillies want to compete during the 2021 season, then adding a player like Hand needs to be a priority.