The Milwaukee Brewers have moved closer to the All-Stars Josh Hader to the San Diego Padres on Monday afternoon, sending baseball’s most dominant reliever in years to a team that’s struggled late innings this season, sources told ESPN.
The deal, which will send a left-handed reliever Taylor Rogersleft-handed pitching prospect Robert Gasser, right-handed Dinelson Lamet and outfielder Esteury Ruiz at the Brewers, reunited after the Brewers sparked strong interest this week over Hader, sources told ESPN.
While Hader, 28, has a career-worst 4.24 ERA, evaluators say his business remains elite and if not for two consecutive poor outings before the All-Star break, his ERA would be lower. at 2.00. . In 34 innings this season, Hader has struck out 59, walked 12 and allowed seven homers.
Milwaukee’s willingness to deal with Hader, after years of consideration — including in potential deals with the Padres — was surprising but not entirely shocking. Hader, who is earning $11 million this season, is expected to see his salary climb into the $16 million range in his final year of officiating next season. After 2023, he will reach free agency.
San Diego, with a winning attitude now, will replace Rogers with Hader – and it’s far from done. None of the San Diego players included in the deal for Hader were considered central options in their pursuit of the Washington Nationals outfielder. Juan Sotowhich could be moved before the 6 p.m. trade deadline on August 2.
Still, San Diego paid big for Hader. Rogers may be the most recognizable name on the deal — he’s currently second in the National League with 28 saves — but he’s far from Milwaukee’s most important player. (He will be a free agent after this season). Ruiz, 23, shredded Triple-A this season, cutting .344/.474/.611, and made his league debut earlier this month. Gasser is in High-A and has struck out 115 and walked just 28 in 90.1 innings at High-A, where he is kicking off his first full season after San Diego selected him in the second round of the 2021 draft. Lamet, 30, is the joker in the deal. In the shortened 2020 season, he finished fourth in NL Cy Young voting. Injuries and inefficiency have plagued him ever since, and he has a 9.49 ERA in 12 1/3 major league innings this season, but a 1.93 ERA with a high strikeout rate in Triple- HAS.
Milwaukee’s appetite to displace such a defining figure of its recent success as Hader, a four-time All-Star and winner of three of the last four NL Reliever of the Year awards, has never been voracious. But the presence of this fourth winner, Devin Williams, certainly helped. In a setup role with Milwaukee, Williams last allowed a run on May 10 — a 30-game streak in which he pitched 28 2/3 innings, 47 strikeouts, eight walks and walks without a run.