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Toronto Blue Jays acquire closer Brad Hand from Washington Nationals

Jul 27, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Washington Nationals relief pitcher Brad Hand (52) throws against the Philadelphia Phillies during the ninth inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 27, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Washington Nationals relief pitcher Brad Hand (52) throws against the Philadelphia Phillies during the ninth inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Toronto Blue Jays acquired veteran closer Brad Hand from the Washington Nationals on Thursday in exchange for Triple-A catcher Riley Adams.

Hand, a three-time All-Star, is 5-5 with 21 saves and a 3.59 ERA in 41 appearances this season. The 31-year-old left-hander also has five blown saves, three of them in July.

His career totals include a 31-48 record, 126 saves and a 3.65 ERA in 437 games (43 starts) with the Florida/Miami Marlins (2011-15), San Diego Padres (2016-18), Cleveland Indians (2018-20) and Nationals. He led the majors with 16 saves last season.

Adams, 25, made his MLB debut on June 8 and was considered the best power-hitting prospect in Toronto’s system by Baseball America. The Blue Jays drafted him in the third round in 2017.

Adams batted .107 (3-for-28) with two doubles and 12 strikeouts in 12 games with the Blue Jays this season. He hit .239 with seven home runs and 17 RBIs in 35 games for Triple-A Buffalo.

The Nationals also recalled outfielder Yadiel Hernandez from Triple-A Rochester on Thursday. Hernandez, 33, is hitting .253 with two homers and six RBIs in 57 games with Washington in 2021.

–Field Level Media