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Nationals sign Brad Hand to 1-year deal

The Nats have added some depth with the free-agent pitcher.

Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Brad Hand (33) during the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Nationals have signed Brad Hand, taking the relief pitcher off the free agency market. Hand is signing a one-year contract worth $10.5 million. He should slot into Washington’s bullpen nicely with reliever Sean Doolittle leaving the club in free agency.

Hand is a three-time All-Star who is heading into his 11th season in the Major Leagues. Throughout his career, he has a 3.65 ERA. But he’s been even better in recent years, with the most recent season being his career-best. In 2020 he finished the campaign with a 2.05 ERA. Over the last four seasons, his ERA has been hovering around 2.50 total and he doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. He had an MLB best 16 saves last season as well, but it’s unclear if he’ll be the closer or just a relief pitcher out of the bullpen with Washington.

Brad Hand came up in the Miami Marlins’ system and spent stints in the Majors with the Marlins, San Diego Padres and Cleveland.