Josh Hader trade: Padres lands All-Star closer to Brewers in blockbuster deadline

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The Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to trade Josh Hader closer to the San Diego Padres, CBS Sports HQ’s Jim Bowden confirmed Monday. Milwaukee receives reliever Taylor Rogers, righthander Dinelson Lamet and prospects Robert Gasser and Esteury Ruiz in the deal.

Hader, 28, will be eligible for free agency after next season. Because of that, and because of his rising arbitration costs (saves are the only metric that gets a reliever paid before reaching free agency), the Brewers were more open-minded about moving him than you’d expect from a first-place team.

It’s possible the Brewers felt more empowered to make a deal as Hader finds himself in the midst of a disappointing effort against his standards. In 37 appearances, he recorded a 4.24 ERA (97 ERA+) and a 4.92 strikeout-to-walk ratio. (For reference, even with his struggles this year, he still has a career ERA of 2.48.)

Hader has been particularly ineffective lately, with a seasonal ERA increasing from 1.09 in early July to 4.24 at the end of the month. Five of the seven home runs he allowed this season were launched in six appearances.

The Brewers didn’t necessarily have to worry about Hader moving him in the long run – they just needed to feel like they could get a comparable production from Rogers, with the other players serving to balance the fact that Rogers a free agent at the end of the season, a year earlier than Hader. How realistic is that belief? Rogers also had a worse year than usual, with a 4.35 ERA (87 ERA+) and a 5.33 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 41 innings. For his career, he has a 3.29 ERA in more than 350 innings in the Dutch big league.

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