ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) All-Star closer Brad Hand kept hearing his name discussed among potential trades last year, when the lefty ended up staying with the San Diego Padres and got a new contract during the offseason.
This time, Hand has switched teams and could have a bit of a different role than what he had in the National League.
"Going into this year, I didn't really think it was going to happen after last year," Hand said Friday in the Cleveland Indians' clubhouse. "So I was obviously a little bit surprised. But my name was out there and talked about. ... (The Padres) got a deal worth taking."