Brad Hand

Padres' Brad Hand on imminent three-year extension: 'It's a life-changing thing'

Padres' Brad Hand on imminent three-year extension: 'It's a life-changing thing'

The Padres are finalizing a three-year contract extension with reliever Brad Hand, a move that will buy out the left-hander’s remaining arbitration eligibility, cover at least one season of free agency, and attach financial security to a meteoric rise.

Reportedly worth $19.75 million, the deal contains a club option for a fourth year, meaning Hand could stay in San Diego through 2021. The 27-year-old has gone from an afterthought — the Padres claimed him off waivers from Miami in early 2016 — to one of the game’s most effective bullpen arms.

“It’s a life-changing thing,” Hand said Saturday at Padres FanFest. “I never thought two years ago, when I got designated (for...

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