Five relievers the Phillies could trade for at this year’s deadline

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CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 10: Zach Britton #53 of the Baltimore Orioles pitches against the Cleveland Indians in the eighth inning at Progressive Field on September 10, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians defeated the Orioles 3-2, (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 10: Zach Britton #53 of the Baltimore Orioles pitches against the Cleveland Indians in the eighth inning at Progressive Field on September 10, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians defeated the Orioles 3-2, (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images) /
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MONTERREY, MEXICO – MAY 06: Relief pitcher Brad Hand #53 of San Diego Padres pitches in the eight inning during the MLB game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Estadio de Beisbol Monterrey on May 6, 2018 in Monterrey, Mexico. Padres defeated Dodgers 3-0. (Photo by Azael Rodriguez/Getty Images) /

Brad Hand

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.

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