Brewers: 3 Left-Handed Relievers to Trade for After the Justin Wilson Injury

The Brewers suddenly have a new position of need.

Brent Suter, Colorado Rockies
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3. Brad Hand, Colorado Rockies

Turning our attention back to the Rockies, we find ourselves looking at another lefty pitcher who could be up for grabs at the deadline. He also happens to be one who knows a thing or two about pitching in high-leverage situations in Brad Hand.

Hand is a 13-year MLB veteran who has played for eight different teams in his career and is a three-time All-Star. He has an overall 37-53 record in 557 career games and has compiled a 3.67 ERA and 1.256 WHIP. He also has 131 career saves.

Hand's numbers are up a little this season as he has a 4.76 ERA and 1.500 WHIP, though his 10.3 K/9 is his highest rate since the 2020 season. But most importantly, he has excelled against left-handed batters this year, holding them to just a .149 average and allowing just three runs. That is exactly who Brewers manager Craig Counsell would be deploying him against anyway.

Hand is under contract through next season, but it is a $7MM team option that the Brewers would be sure to decline. If Suter commands too big a price from the Rockies, perhaps Hand could be a good fall back option.

The hope was that the Brewers wouldn't be in a position where they would need to add a lefty to the bullpen, yet here we are. Thankfully this happened while there was still a little time before the deadline to get a deal done as opposed to after.

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