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3 free agents LA Angels should 'overpay' for when lockout ends

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Aug 18, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Brad Hand (52)
Aug 18, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Brad Hand (52) / Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
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Aug 7, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Brad Hand (52) delivers a pitch
Aug 7, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Brad Hand (52) delivers a pitch / Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports

No. 2 free agent the LA Angels should 'overpay' for when lockout ends: Brad Hand

Brad Hand is worth overpaying for the LA Angels. Overpaying a reliever won't have the same effects on a franchise as overpaying some other positions with high price tags potentially would.

If the Angels can't pull off a trade for a starter, then they may not have all the resources they need to build a strong starting rotation until Chris Rodriguez comes back. They CAN, however, build a strong bullpen with the nearly $40 million they have left in expected payroll. They've already been willing to spend on Raisel Iglesias, and they should continue to spend on the pen.

Hand is a really good pitcher. Even last year, where his numbers weren't up to par with what we're used to, he still had a good statistical year. And don't let those overall stats fool you; he finished the year strong.

Once he went to the Mets, he looked like the Hand we are accustomed to. He pitched 16 times, recording a 2.70 ERA and allowed just 0.7 home runs per nine innings.

He's a three-time All-Star, and can be trusted with a giant contract.

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