The New York Mets claimed left-handed reliever Brad Hand off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday, the team announced. Hand was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays after he posted a 7.27 ERA in 11 appearances.
Hand landed with the Blue Jays in a trade deadline deal with the Nationals, who obtained catcher Riley Adams in return. Hand failed to stick with the Blue Jays while Adams has thrived with a 1.010 OPS in 19 games.
Since he was claimed off waivers after the deadline, Hand won’t be eligible to pitch for the Mets in the postseason. However, New York is scrambling just to make the playoffs, entering play Thursday five games back of the Atlanta Braves in the NL East and five and a half behind the Cincinnati Reds for the second NL Wild Card spot.
The Mets were reportedly interested in signing Hand last offseason, but he ultimately signed with the Nationals on a one-year, $10.5 million deal. Hand recorded 21 saves for the Nationals but also blew five save opportunities including three in his final six games with the team. On the year, Hand owns a 4.21 ERA and 1.266 WHIP across 52 appearances.
Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com was the first to report Hand was heading to New York.