By | August 2, 2022

San Diego Padres get Milwaukee Brewers closer Josh Hader in trade, send their closer Taylor Rogers, 3 others

The Milwaukee Brewers traded All-Star closer Josh Hader to the San Diego Padres on Monday afternoon, transferring the most powerful reliever in baseball of recent times to the team that has struggled in late-inning games this season.

The agreement that will bring Left-handed relief pitcher Taylor Rogers, left-handed pitching prospect Robert Gasser, right-hander Dinelson Lamet and outfielder Esteury Ruiz to the Brewers it was struck following the Brewers have received lots of inquiries this week regarding Hader sources informed ESPN.

Although the 28-year-old Hader is a career worst with a 4.24 ERA, evaluators say his game is top-of-the-line, and that , were it not for two bad outings in a row prior to the All-Star break the ERA would be less than 2.00. In his 34 innings of the campaign, Hader has struck out 59 batters as well as walked 12 while allowing seven homers.

“Josh Hader is among the top closers you can find in baseball”, the Padres director of operations A.J. Preller said. “He’s had it all and done it and has pitched in big places and big playoff games. He’s got the best stuff.”

Milwaukee’s decision to trade Hader after years of contemplating it and even in possible agreements with the Padres It was a bit surprising but not entirely surprising. Hader who earns $11 million this year, is expected to see his salary rise to the range of $16 million during his last year of arbitration next season. In 2023, he’ll be in free agency.

“We thought it was the appropriate timeto make the move, and it is the only player of that level that could earn an amount of money to create such a positive influence on the development of the team”, Brewers director of operations for baseball David Stearns said.

Hader posted the following Instagram posting in which he thanked the people of Milwaukee for their support of the city of Milwaukee for embracing him. He played his entire major professional playing career for the Brewers who purchased him together alongside Adrian Houser, Brett Phillips and Domingo Santana in a 2015 trade that brought Carlos Gomez and Mike Fiers to the Houston Astros.

“Thank you for all the help and assistance throughout my career,”” Hader said. “Y’all have been amazing to me. The people and energy, the affection! The love, the energy and people will forever have a spot inside my heart to remember MKE.”

San Diego, with a winning attitude, is set to take over Rogers by Hader -but isn’t finished. All of the athletes San Diego included in the deal to acquire Hader were considered to be central options for the hunt for Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto, who is likely to be traded before when the deadline is 6 p.m. ET trade deadline Tuesday.

However, San Diego paid significantly for Hader. Rogers may be the most famous name that was part of the dealthe fact that he’s third to last in the National League with 28 saves however he is not the most significant player in Milwaukee. (He will become released after the season.) The 23-year-old Ruiz has shredded Triple-A this season, hitting .344/.474/.611 and making his major league debut this month. Gasser has thrown 115 strikeouts and walked just 28 over 90 1/3 innings in High-A. He’s pitching his first season in full after San Diego selected him in the second round of the 2021 draft. Lamet 30, 30, is the wildcard of the deal. The 2020 season was cut short Lamet was third overall in National League Cy Young voting. The injury and the ineffectiveness of his game have been a problem ever since his return, and he’s an 9.49 ERA in 12 1/3 major league innings this year and the league average is a 1.93 ERA with a hefty strikeout rate in Triple-A.

It is expected that the Brewers are expected to assign Ruiz for Triple-A Nashville and Gasser to Double-A Biloxi.

Milwaukee’s love affair with moving the most important player to its recent successes as Hader who was a Four-time All-Star as well as winner of 3 of the previous four NL Reliever of the Year awards, never exhibited a ferocious appetite. However, the presence fourth award winner, Devin Williams was certainly a help. In a role as a setup pitcher for Milwaukee, Williams last allowed one run on May 10which is a streak of 30 games during which he’s thrown the ball for 28 1/3 innings, which is 47 strikeout, eight-walk and no-run ball.

Rogers is 0-5 with Rogers is 0-5 with a 4.35 ERA and seven blown saves. After a solid beginning to the season, Rogers recorded an 5.59 ERA in June and the team posted a 9.31 ERA in July.

“In Taylor’s instance, much of this was relief-related volatility that we detect in his behavior, Stearns said. Stearns stated about Rogers struggling in recent times. “We believe that this is a great pitcher who’s will be able to do his job for us. We believe that our team will be able to pull the most out of the guy.”

Milwaukee has a three-game advantage against St. Louis in the NL Central as well as the Padres have an advantage of 1 1/2 games over Philadelphia in the race for two NL wild-card.

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