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Rumor Central: Nationals interested in Padres reliever Brad Hand

Brad Hand is performing quite well so far this season, and teams around the league are taking notice. Gerry Angus/Icon Sportswire

The Washington Nationals are among the teams interested in San Diego Padres reliever Brad Hand, reports Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Rumor CentralThis news comes just days after Lin reported that Hand is "drawing keen interest" from teams around the league.

The Nationals have a need in their bullpen, so the interest in Hand makes sense. The non-waiver trade deadline is approaching on July 31, and the Nationals will likely acquire at least one if not several relievers by then.

Hand, 27, boasts a 1.93 ERA and 36/11 K/BB ratio over the course of 28 innings this season. He'll be arbitration-eligible for the second time after the season.

-- Meaghan Latella