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Cleveland Indians trade for Brad Hand, Upgrade Bullpen

The Cleveland Indians have one of the worst bullpens in baseball and they just upgraded it. The Indians acquired relief pitchers Brad Hand and Adam Cimber from the San Diego Padres for prospect catcher Francisco Mejia.

Hand’s record with the Padres was 2-4 with a 3.05 ERA. In 44.1 innings pitched, he has given up 33 hits and 21 runs. Hand has walked 15 batters and has struck out 65. He has 24 saves in 29 tries.

Cimber’s record with San Diego was 3-5 with a 3.17 ERA. In 48.1 innings pitched, he has given up 42 hits and 19 runs. Cimber has walked 10 batters and has struck out 51. He has one blown save.

Catcher Francisco Mejia was the top ranked prospect in the Cleveland Indians farm system and he is the 15th best prospect in the MLB, according to MLB.com. Mejia has played in 79 games in Triple-A this season with the Columbus Clippers. His batting average was .279 with seven home runs and 45 RBI’s. Mejia’s on-base percentage is .426.

He also has played some outfield and Mejia has played in one game at the MLB level this season. Mejia went 0-for-2, but he drew two walks. Mejia will most likely report to Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see him with the San Diego Padres very shortly, so he can get some reps at the MLB level. Francisco Mejia is 22 years old and he has a bright future ahead of him.

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