The Chicago White Sox could really use a pitcher like Brad Hand in the bullpen.
Having a left-handed specialist in the bullpen is a great luxury. The White Sox currently have two dominant lefties in Garrett Crochet and Aaron Bummer but another southpaw wouldn’t hurt. Especially if that lefty is a grizzled veteran who knows how to get high leverage outs, like Brad Hand.
Hand has accumulated 126 saves in his 11-year career. During that time he has made three All-Star teams. He isn’t the dominating force he once was but still has plenty left in the tank. In 2018, he posted a 2.28 ERA and then followed that up with a 2.05 ERA in 2020.
Hand started the 2021 season with the Washington Nationals and notched 21 saves before being moved to Toronto. He struggled with the Blue Jays but a change of scenery in New York did him good. Overall, he finished the season with a 3.59 mark.
While the White Sox would not need him to close games, he showed that he can be an effective setup man with the Mets. He had a solid 2.70 ERA in 16 games. An added bonus is that if Liam Hendriks ever needed a rest day, Hand could fill in for the ninth inning if the situation arose.
For a short-term deal, Hand would be a cost-effective option as another setup man.