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3 players LA Angels should sign if there is a salary floor

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Aug 2, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Brad Hand (52) should be looked at by the LA Angels.
Aug 2, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Brad Hand (52) should be looked at by the LA Angels. / Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports
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Jul 27, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Brad Hand should be on the LA Angels' radar. / Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

No. 2 player LA Angels should sign if there is a salary floor: Brad Hand

Brad Hand is one of the top relievers on the free agent market, and the LA Angels should pounce on the opportunity to sign him if a salary floor affects their spending plans.

Sure, Hand has had many great moments as a closer, and we already have a better one. While that's true, Hand has also pitched in other roles and had lots of success. A veteran guy, the three-time All-Star has a lot of good experience that will make our younger arms better.

It's important to have a guy like Hand around our younger arms, and have him lead by example. He would also immediately make quite the impact on the pen. Look at how he finished the season last year.

With the Mets, he threw in 16 games, recording a 2.70 ERA to go along with a 152 ERA+. Interestingly, he did NOT do it as a closer. He can come in and succeed in other roles on the Angels that he would participate in.

In the last six years, he's posted a 2.90 ERA, a 145 ERA+, and an 11.6 K/9 rate. Let's pursue this.

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