Indians trade for Padres All-Star closer Brad Hand and reliever Adam Cimber to bolster bullpen

Hand is coming off his second straight All-Star Game appearance.

Brad Hand
San Diego Padres pitcher Brad Hand throws in the eighth inning during the All-Star Game. –AP Photo/Alex Brandon

CLEVELAND (AP) — The AL Central-leading Cleveland Indians have bolstered their bullpen with the acquisition of lefty All-Star closer Brad Hand and reliever Adam Cimber from the San Diego Padres in exchange for catching prospect Francisco Mejia.

The trade was announced Thursday morning.

Hand is coming off his second straight All-Star Game appearance. Known for his slider, he has 24 saves with a 3.05 ERA and 65 strikeouts.

Cimber, a sidearmer, is 3-5 with a 3.17 ERA in 42 relief appearances this season for the rebuilding Padres.

Mejía was batting .279 with seven home runs and 45 RBIs in 79 games for Triple-A Columbus.

The Indians lead the AL Central by 7 ½ games over Minnesota. The Padres, who haven’t been to the playoffs since 2006, are last in the NL West, 14 ½ games behind Los Angeles.