San Diego Padres trade All-Star closer Brad Hand to Cleveland Indians

Posted: 9:49 AM, Jul 19, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-19 16:49:48Z

(KGTV) - The San Diego Padres traded All-Star closer Brad Hand and reliever Adam Cimber to the Cleveland Indians for minor league catcher Francisco Mejia.

The 28-year-old Hand, a two-time All-Star, was leading the Padres with 24 saves prior to the deal. He saved 21 games for the Friars in 2017.

Cimber, 27, is in his first big league season and has a 3.17 ERA in 42 relief appearances this year.

Mejia is considered by many baseball publications as one of the game's top prospects. The 22-year-old from the Dominican Republic was hitting .279 with seven home runs for Cleveland's AAA affiliate Columbus before the trade.