Brad Hand traded to Indians; Kirby Yates should close for Padres

July 19, 2018

Cleveland Indians — The Indians have traded for lefthander Brad Hand, whom we expect to back up closer Cody Allen and serve as a hedge against his potential departure in free agency.

Updated hierarchy: Allen | Hand | Ramirez.

San Diego Padres — With the departure of Brad Hand to Cleveland, Kirby Yates is best-situated to become the Padres closer.

Updated hierarchy: Yates | Stammen | Maton.