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Brad Hand and Adam Cimber; Five Things to Know About the Two New Indians Relievers and the Trade to Acquire Them

1. Hand Will Be Here for Quite Awhile

Getting Brad Hand for not only today but for the future is a HUGE key to the Indians not having a window close if they don’t reach their goal of a World Series title in 2018.

The team has control now of Hand through 2021, as he he signed a three-year, $19.75 million extension in 2018 that has a club option for 2021.

Hand is making $3.5 million this year, $6.5 million next year, $7 million in 2020, and $10 million in 2021.

Considering that their current closer, Cody Allen, is making $10.5 million this season and will be a free agent next year, having a guy that can close games if Allen and Andrew Miller leave (which isn’t a stretch by any means) is probably the biggest thing about this deal that made it a winner for the Tribe.

Oh, and it sounds like he’s excited to be coming to Cleveland.

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Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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