The Padres on Sunday announced a three-year, $19.75 million extension for reliever Brad Hand.
The contract includes a club option for 2021, reportedly worth $10 million with a $1 million buyout. Hand made $1.375 million last season, when the left-hander was arbitration-eligible for the first time.
"The Padres gave me an opportunity and they saw something in me two years ago, which I'm very grateful for," Hand said Saturday as his contract was being finalized. "I kind of ran with it these past two years, and I'm hoping to continue that."
Hand, 27, was the subject of intense trade speculation for much of last season. His new, multiyear deal figures to quiet some rumors, but rival teams likely will remain interested due to the reasonable contract terms.
"I've never really thought about the trade rumors in the first place," Hand said. "Like I've always said, it's out of my control. This doesn't mean that I still can't get traded, so I'm sure there are still going to probably be rumors. It's part of the job we sign up for, and you can't think about that."
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