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Indians Get the Upper Hand; Make Deal for Padres Closer Brad Hand

The Indians need for a closer and bullpen help got solved in one fell swoop on Thursday, as the team dealt for Padres closer Brad Hand and fellow reliever Adam Cimber.

The price – prospect Francisco Mejia, who the team had somewhat soured on when he refused to make the move to the outfield from the catcher spot.

Hand is a huge get for the team, a player who can move into the closer role of Cody Allen leaves via free agency after the season.

Cimber is 3-5 with a 3.17 ERA for the Padres.

Hand is 2-4 with 21 saves for the Padres, and better yet is now under Indians control for three plus seasons.

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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