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Bullpen and defense fail Yankees late, Red Sox seize division title in 11-6 win

After taking the first two games of their series against the Boston Red Sox, the Yankees sought to complete the sweep on Thursday and prevent the Red Sox from celebrating a division title at Yankee Stadium. As is usually the case between these two teams, Thursday’s game was a back and forth contest but the Red Sox ultimately prevailed 11-6 and will be leaving New York as the AL East champs.

Yankees Rumors: The Yankees may have interest in Padres’ lefty Brad Hand

It has been reported that Padres’ David Post, the special assistant to the general manager A.J. Preller, has been scouting the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, the Yankees’ AAA team. The idea around the baseball industry is that this is because the Yankees have interest in trading for the Friars’ All-Star left handed reliever Brad Hand.

Photo via Charlie Neuman of the San Diego Union-Tribune

First of all, of course the Yankees have interest in Hand. He’s been one of the better relievers in baseball this year, and the Yankees could use a reliever or five to help fix their bullpen which, as most readers will know, has been an absolute train wreck the past month or so. Hand so far has a 2.30 ERA in 42 appearances this year, to go with an 11.49 K/BB, 2.49 BB/9, and a 48.6% ground ball rate. He also has the ability to neutralize hitters from both sides of the plate, with lefties hitting just .192/.300/.365 against him and righties hitting just .203/.262/.293. He would be a perfect upgrade to the Yankee bullpen, which has two lefties (not including the closer Chapman) in Tyler Webb and Chasen Shreve, but neither has proved to be that trustworthy. Hand might be the piece the Yankees need to stabilize the bullpen.

As for a trade, Hand won’t come cheap. He won’t cost any top prospects such as Gleyber Torres or Clint Frazier, but he should fetch a decent haul. The Yankees may pass on Hand because of this, especially since they have shown that they are unwilling to trade any of their prospects. Other teams that are in win-now mode might offer a better package to the Padres, which the Yankees might not want to match. Either way though, Hand would be a good fit for the team.

Article by: Alex Weir