3 free agents Minnesota Twins must target to bolster bullpen
Brad Hand is a far less sexy option than the other two Minnesota should consider, but he checks a lot of the same boxes. He's a left-handed reliever who brings a lot of the potential veteran upside that Matt Moore does, has been a star who fell from grace but has shown he might have more left in the tank, plus he's a local guy having grown up in the Twin Cities and played his high school ball in Chaska.
Unfortunately, he also brings the type of turbulence the Twins typically encounter when taking a chance on an aging vet when betting on him tapping into some of the magic that once made him great.
That magic was indeed outstanding for Hand when he was at the peak of his powers in San Diego and Cleveland. He went to three All-Star Games during that stretch and was one of the "It Factor" trade chips when the Guardians acquired him in 2018.
But his best years are undoubtedly behind him, and he cratered hard with the Phillies. What may attract the Twins to take a chance on Hand is how much cheaper he might be when compared to the other relievers still on the market. He's not quite a lottery ticket addition, but he's close enough that some fans might grit their teeth if he's brought in to bolster the bullpen. For what it's worth, Hand posted a 2.80 ERA last season which trended him hard in the right direction away from a 3.90 ERA and 4.58 FIP in 2021.