Report: Indians place closer Hand on outright waivers

The Cleveland Indians have put closer Brad Hand on outright waivers with the intention of declining his $10 million option if he goes unclaimed, The Athletic reported Thursday.

If the 30-year-old is claimed, the Indians won’t be on the hook for the $1 million buyout.

Hand racked up a league-best 16 saves this past season to go with a 2.05 ERA and 0.77 WHIP. The three-time All-Star struck out 29 against four walks in 22 innings.

Hand started his career as a starter. He has a 26-43 career record with a 3.65 ERA and 105 saves in 10 seasons with the Indians, San Diego Padres (2016-18) and Florida/Miami Marlins (2011-15).

Hand was drafted by the Marlins in the second round of the 2008 amateur draft. The Indians acquired Hand – along with right-hander Adam Cimber — from the Padres in 2018 for catcher Francisco Mejia.