The Padres have not been good this year with a meager 14-26 record, but they have had one strength: their bullpen. Their 2.2 fWAR ranks third among all teams. Lefty Brad Hand has played no small part in making this happen.
Through 17 outings this year, Hand has a 2.55 ERA, 2.14 FIP, 39.7 percent strikeout rate, and 1.08 WHIP. He has recorded 10 saves in 12 opportunities this season.
Hand has been strong since joining the Padres in 2016. In three years in San Diego, he has racked up 186.1 innings, 244 strikeouts, and 63 walks in 171 appearances. He has a 2.56 ERA and 3.87 strikeout-to-walk ratio as a Padre.
Hand did sign an extension with the Padres during the offseason, keeping him signed through 2020 with a team option for 2021. Hand just turned 28, so this extension runs through most of his prime years. This certainly would make him attractive to the Phillies, but it will also make him attractive to plenty of other teams. The Padres will try to get as many prospects as possible in return for Hand, but with how he has performed, it may be worth it.