Cleveland Indians Placing Brad Hand On Outright Waivers Completely Inexcusable

At the 2018 trade deadline, the Cleveland Indians sought to bolster their bullpen. They made the bold decision to trade Francisco Mejia, one of the best prospects in the game, for a pair of relievers in Adam Cimber and Brad Hand.

For his part, Hand has been fantastic for the Indians. Since joining his new team, Hand is 8-6 with 58 saves, a 2.78 ERA, 1.121 WHIP, 2.9 BB/9, and a 13.0 K/9. Honestly, you cannot ask for more from a reliever over the course of 2.5 seasons.

In fact, since the date of that trade, Hand leads the majors in saves. By WAR, he’s been the seventh best reliever in all of baseball. By FIP and K/9, he ranks sixth.

Arguably, this makes him the best pure closet in baseball. If not the best, he’s certainly in the top 5-10. All told, Hand has flat out been a GREAT reliever. Each and every MLB team would be lucky to have him, and at a $10 million team option, he’s a relative bargain.

The Indians didn’t see it that way. All they saw was $10 million being too big for their budget. Worse yet, rather than decline his option and buy him out for $1 million, they put him on waivers. As a result, they now don’t even have to pay him that buy out.

This makes waiving Hand a completely dishonest move made completely in bad faith. If they don’t want him, pay the $1 million. That’s what you agreed to do when you took on that contract.

More than this being bad faith, it’s just plain incompetent. Assuredly, the other 29 teams would’ve had interest in Hand. Someone would have opted to make a trade for him.

More than that, for a team looking to also trade Francisco Lindor or really any player making anything more than $1 million, they could’ve included Hand in that deal to maximize their return. Every which way you look at this, there’s no defending this bizarre and just plain dumb decision.

Looking forward, why not wait for Steve Cohen to officially take over the Mets. It’s likely you could’ve received something in return for Hand while still getting the salary relief. Why not see how much he’s willing to spend instead of just now giving him free reign to grab Hand in the off chance he clears waivers?

As an aside, that’s part of the problem with what Mayor Bill De Blasio is pulling. Understandably, with Cohen not yet having full authorization and the previous deal having fallen apart, you can understand why he and the Wilpons are a little gun shy giving the go-ahead on making moves like these.

In any event, the Indians waiving Hand is bad for baseball. Postseason teams don’t get rid of proven closers for no return. That coupled with the Braves declining Darren O’Day‘s option and the Cardinals doing the same with Kolten Wong is a very bad harbinger for the next CBA talks.

In the end, there is nothing good about the Indians waiving Hand. It is a bad faith and incompetent decision. For the Mets and Cohen, you can only hope he’s approved in time to maximize on all the horrendous penny wise-pound foolish decisions MLB teams already seem to be making.

20 thoughts on “Cleveland Indians Placing Brad Hand On Outright Waivers Completely Inexcusable”

  1. Oldbackstop says:

    I’m positive you know who Lindor and Bauer played/play for. The Indians are rebuilding, they can’t use a $10 mil closer, there was deadline in his contract to act, they acted. With 2021 up in the air, I guess there were no interested takers ……will teams even have a place to play low level prospects next year?

    This is great news for the Mets. I hope every MLB team is in these financial straits.

    1. Mets Daddy says:

      Someone would’ve traded for him

      1. Oldbackstop says:

        So your theory is…..? The Intelligentisia? Aliens? The WILPONS ???

      2. Oldbackstop says:

        Take a look at how many solid relievers are FAs. Last time I looked it was like 40. They don’t require ten mil and top prospects.

        1. Mets Daddy says:

          I know you defended BVW and all, but you don’t need to trade a once in a generation prospect and take on the worst contract in baseball to get a closer.

          The new people in charge are capable of making a smart trade to get someone who has led the majors in saves since he joined the Indians.

          1. Oldbackstop says:

            Robinson Cano is the worst contract in baseball? He just got slashed 316/.352/.544/.896 and has three years left. Better check in on Buster Posey and Chris Davis.

            I don’t know exactly why a trade wasn’t made by the Indians. They are cutting salary. They had a deadline to act. I read they have some young guys ready to step in. Perhaps he requested to be waived so he could seek a career making deal as an FA at the top of his game rather than go to Toronto or someplace on a one year deal. Perhaps he made it clear he didn’t want to be extended by the Indians. I don’t know and neither do you, but Hand will be just fine, and, as usual, you choose a weird time to put your SJW frock on.

          2. oldbackstop says:

            MetsDaddy: “”I know you defended BVW and all, but you don’t need to trade a once in a generation prospect and take on the worst contract…”
            WTH does this come from???? We are talking about Hand and you evoke Cano?

            And you have the cajones to do this after I have repeatedly posted your opinion, before the trade was made, that trading for Cano, was a great idea, and we should absorb his TOTAL contract (no bad contracts going back or cash). And send Alonso, Gimenez and Don to “start” the deal?????.

            Do I need to re-re-re-re-re post this and have you delete it again???

            Link that article and DEFEND it, as if you are a man. Imagine your sons’ pride, years from now. The internet is for ever, even with your constant deleting, . Look at “internet archive.” Your sons will….

            Seriously….what is wrong with you?

      3. Oldbackstop says:

        “”Someone would’ve traded for him””

        Not only did no team think he was worth the contract plus bodies back.. no team even thought he was worth the contract.

        The Indians are committing to youth, you should be thrilled. And maybe they will use the ten mil and they to extend Lindor for a year….probably Lindor isn’t interested, but who knows in this pandemic world.

  2. Oldbackstop says:

    Hand cleared waivers today, so no other MLB team — all 29– thought he was worth the ten mil.

    And he gets the one mil according to CBSSports today.

    You settled down?

  3. Oldbackstop says:

    “””This makes waiving Hand a completely dishonest move made completely in bad faith. If they don’t want him, pay the $1 million. That’s what you agreed to do when you took on that contract.””””

    I can only assume this reflects an utter ignorance of basic waiver rules. One of two things would have happened this week: q: a team would have claimed Hand and he would get his $10 mil. Or 2. He would go through waivers and the Indians would have to pay the $1 mil.

    You didn’t understand the rules. Admit it for once and apologize to the Indians.

    1. Mets Daddy says:

      No, this wasn’t ignorance, and no, I’m not apologizing to the Indians. This was a cheap, dumb, and short sighted move.

      1. Oldbackstop says:

        Lol…that is your opinion because you clearly didn’t understand basic waiver rules and wrote:

        ””This makes waiving Hand a completely dishonest move made completely in bad faith. If they don’t want him, pay the $1 million. That’s what you agreed to do when you took on that contract.””””

        They did pay him the $ 1 mil. They HAD to!!! It was in the contract!!! Admit you didn’t understand!! Have some integrity!! Your kids will read this someday!!

        1. Oldbackstop says:

          As to whether he was a good deal, it is your opinion vs. 30 teams who didn’t think Hand was worth $10,000,000.00 for nothing…not a draft pick, not a prospect, nada.

          Hand was priced pre-Covid. There is absolutely nothing immoral about releasing a guy for the $1 million buyout in his contract, which the Indians paid. If you think it is immoral, better crawl into a fetal ball, because a hell of a lot of salary readjustment is going to happen in the next five months.

          1. Mets Daddy says:

            It’s not immoral. It’s plain stupid.

          2. Oldbackstop says:

            So, no more “incompetent, bad faith, dishonest”?? Now that it is explained to you, it is just “dumb”?

            Somebody will sign him to a 2/12 with incentives. Hopefully us. But he is not WORTH 1/10. You know how I know for sure? The free market spoke.

          3. Mets Daddy says:

            I don’t think you know what words mean, and it’s clear you lack a grasp of what a free market dictates.

          4. oldbackstop says:

            lol….there are 30 MLB teams. Any team could have picked Hand up for $10 million for 2021.

            Not one did.

            I don’t understand free markets? You just demonstrated that beyond a shadow of a doubt you don’t understand the BASIC TENETS OF THE MLB WAIVER PROCESS!!! Not a technicality…the core rule!


          5. Mets Daddy says:

            As usual, you threw a bunch of words together and thought it was a gotcha claim. As usual, it was not at all what you purported it to be.

          6. Oldbackstop says:

            Now you are deleting. Ok, fine. Masterful job lamesplaining the waiver process.

          7. Mets Daddy says:

            It’s funny how you always falsely claim that

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