The Indians took quite an amazing move Brad Hand Regarding the complete exemption, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports (via Twitter). This is a pure cost-cutting transaction for Cleveland, hoping that another team will file a claim against the left-handed, who has the 10MM club option in the current contract. Any club claiming Hand can choose this option and keep it until the 2021 season for $10MM.
Per Meisel said that Indians plan to reject the option, which will require a $1 million buyout. If he is unclaimed, they will refuse. However, if another team asks for it, Cleveland will save $1MM, which seems possible given Hand’s excellent 2020 season and generally good track record.
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The waiver of priority at this moment is based on the reverse order of the league’s ranking. This will make Pirates, Rangers, Tigers, Red Sox, D Defender, Orioles, Nationals, Metropolis, Rocky Mountains and Angels appear in order. Most of these clubs are rebuilding or cutting costs on their own, but teams like the Red Sox, Naz, Mets or Angels can make demands and strive to compete in 2021.
Frankly speaking, despite the loss of revenue, any club should welcome the opportunity to introduce Hand to opponents. No team will add pitchers with this ability to its rescue team, so the situation will not be better. Under normal market conditions, a year’s 10mm price point is considered cheap.
Of course, because the club has taken drastic measures to cut salaries, the absence of fans in 2020 has created a cruel market where most people expect to become free agents. In this way, some clubs will definitely give up the title of “Hender”-perhaps hoping that he will be unclaimed and can sign a multi-year contract with a lower annual salary-but it is hard to imagine that a promising competitor will not Job hopping has a chance to get a one-year elite bullpen price.
As for the Indians, this eliminates people’s doubts about the club’s offseason development direction. People have been expecting that they will continue to work hard to cut wages last winter, although this method is not so bad.The move to waive the exemption seems to only increase the likelihood of Cleveland trading superstar shortstop Francisco Lindo, Its final journey in the arbitration process may approach or exceed USD 20MM. This seems to have happened since the boss Paul Dolan infamously told his fans to “Enjoy him” a few years ago, but now it feels more inevitable than ever.
On the whole, as a whole, if Hand passes the unclaimed immunity in some way, then free agents (especially relievers) will receive greater attention throughout the transaction process. If no club is willing to accept a one-year, $10 million term (or if he survives to the Dodgers and finally gets an exemption), then this will explain market expectations in the coming months.