The San Diego Padres on Monday refused to budge on their high asking price for left-handed pitcher Brad Hand, one of the most sought after relievers in the league right now, keeping him a Padre — for now.
Hand, who is at the peak of his trade value right now, according to many analysts, will remain with the team through the 2019 season, though he is still a candidate for a trade in the off season. Hand’s ERA dropped to 2.00 after 19 consecutive scoreless outings.
Right-handed starter Jhoulys Chacin also remained with the club after the non-waiver Trade Deadline passed. He will start Tuesday against the Minnesota Twins.
The six-player swap with the Kansas City Royals last week was the only major Padres Deadline trade.
The Twins are entering Tuesday night’s games against the Padres on a two-game losing streak. They are now 6 1/2 games behind the Royals in the American League Central.
The Padres, however, are 4-12 all-time against Minnesota and 1-7 against the Twins at home. San Diego dropped three of four in its last meeting with Minnesota in 2014.
San Diego is currently fourth in the National League West.
The first of a short two-game series against the Twins start 7:10 p.m. Tuesday at Petco Park. The second game is slated at 12:40 p.m. Wednesday.