Texas Rangers: If Brad Hand can return a top prospect, why can’t Keone Kela?
By Travis Koch
Contracts: Keone Kela compared to Brad Hand
Signed for 3 years, $19,750,000
-2018: $3.5 million
-2019: $6.5 million
-2020: $7 million
-2021 Club Option: $10 million
Signed for 1-year, $1,200,000
-2018: $1.2 million
-2019: Arbitration Eligible
-2020: Arbitration Eligible
Both contracts are very team friendly. The Cleveland Indians got an established MLB reliever who has had back-to-back fantastic seasons for very cheap. Hand is now under contract with Cleveland for at least the next two seasons. There is no question Brad Hand’s light contract played a huge role in the trade. Frankly, it probably equaled the importance of his on-field numbers.
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Keone Kela’s contract is team friendly as well. He is under team control through 2020. Arbitration keeps contract negotiations between the player and his team only, so he will remain with his assigned team. Kela has earned a nice pay raise based on his 2018 performance; therefore, he could come out of arbitration costing more than Hand in 2019. Nevertheless, he would still be under team control.
Who wouldn’t want two and a half seasons of a 25-year-old Keone Kela that is just now entering into his prime???