LHP, Brad Hand (30)
In his second full season with the Indians, Brad Hand was automatic in the closers’ role.
The southpaw pitched to a 2.05 ERA in 23 relief appearances and was a perfect 16/16 in his save opportunities during the regular season, with his lone blown save coming in Game 2 of the AL Wild Card Series against the New York Yankees.
While having Hand back would be a big lift for the Tribe, it’s unrealistic to see them spend the closers money he will demand this offseason after the emergence of James Karinchak as a reliable late-inning man. Thus, the 30-year old Hand will likely depart Cleveland as a free agent in the coming months.
Nearly every contender has been linked to Hand, but the best fit would be with the defending World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers.
Despite winning it all in 2020, the Dodgers bullpen was shaky at best, with closer Kenley Jansen struggling mightily. Los Angeles’ bullpen was also majority right-handed, which makes Hand even more enticing for the defending champs.
Having spent time and being named an All-Star with the San Diego Padres, Hand is familiar with the NL West and would likely thrive with a Dodgers team looking to repeat as World Series champions.
Best Fit: Los Angeles Dodgers