It appears likely to be another offseason of trade rumors for Milwaukee Brewers reliever Josh Hader.
According to Robert Murray of Fansided, the Brewers “intend to listen” on any offers for Hader. The price tag is expected to be high, as the reliever is under team control through the 2023 season.
Milwaukee has reason to listen. Hader is about to become eligible for arbitration for the first time, which should see his annual salary soar to north of $5 million with further increases likely. The Brewers could trade Hader for a big return and reinvest some of the money into improving the offense. However, teams may be reluctant to make a deal and add payroll this offseason.
Hader’s name has come up for the last year or so, but the price is said to be very high. It doesn’t sound like that’s going to change now, which means a deal may still be unlikely.
The 26-year-old Hader is coming off another outstanding season that saw him strike out 31 batters in 19 innings.
Despite it only being nearly a third as long, Milwaukee Brewers closer Josh Hader is encountering some unique challenges with the 2020 campaign.
Speaking this weekend with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Hader opened up about his struggles to find a rhythm in the shortened season. Specifically, the All-Star lefty alluded to having difficulty adjusting to the stop-and-start nature of the last several months.
“This year has definitely been a different year for us,” said Hader. “Coming in, stopping [during the pandemic] and going [during summer camp], it’s definitely a unique year for me, personally, trying to see what works, what doesn’t and continue to try and stay healthy through it.
“When you see the 60 games, it seems like it’s not that much,” the 26-year-old added. “But it actually seems like it’s taken more of a toll than on paper it looks. I’m trying to stay strong throughout my days that I don’t pitch and continue to get work in where I can and try to stay sharp.”
You would not know that Hader has been struggling based on his numbers this season. He has converted nine of his ten save opportunities and boasts an elite 2.13 ERA with 20 strikeouts in just 12.2 innings pitched. Granted, the Brewers are just 20-22 on the year and have also had games postponed against both the St. Louis Cardinals and the Cincinnati Reds. Thus, Hader has not had very many save opportunities to avail of.
Hader was also the subject of trade rumors in recent weeks, so it definitely has been a roller-coaster season for both him and the rest of the league.
While a Josh Hader trade still appears unlikely, that’s not stopping teams from asking about the star reliever.
According to MLB reporter Robert Murray, the San Diego Padres have been one of several teams to ask the Milwaukee Brewers about Hader.
It makes sense that the Padres are looking at relievers. Aside from Drew Pomeranz, their bullpen hasn’t been dominant in 2020. Hader, who has yet to allow a hit or a run for Milwaukee this season, would go a long way toward fixing that.
It’s probably unlikely that the two sides come to any agreement. Reports indicate that the Brewers have put an enormous price tag on their 26-year-old closer.
The Milwaukee Brewers are making reliever Josh Hader available, but it doesn’t sound like a trade is all that likely.
According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Brewers are listening on closer Josh Hader. However, one rival executive said Hader would only be available at a “bananas price.”
The Brewers are only 1.5 games out of a playoff spot. The 26-year-old Hader remains at the top of his game, striking out 13 and not allowing a hit in 8.1 innings so far in 2020. With three more years of arbitration, he’s expected to get very expensive in terms of salary. That’s why Milwaukee is at least listening.
The Brewers listened on Hader during the winter, too. Nothing came of that. It seems unlikely this will wind up any different. With the season as it is, huge deals are unlikely, and it appears that’s what it would take to move Hader.
The New York Yankees have already made one big splash in the pitching market, but they may not be finished trying to add an arm.
According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the Yankees reached out to the Milwaukee Brewers to discuss a potential trade for reliever Josh Hader. Milwaukee, however, is not considered motivated to move their star reliever.
Combined with Aroldis Chapman, Hader would give the Yankees a dynamite one-two punch of bullpen lefties. The asking price, however, is expected to be high. Hader struck out 138 batters in 75.2 innings last season and is regarded as one of baseball’s best relief pitchers.
The Yankees already made their biggest splash of the offseason, but they’re clearly determined to get even more stars in if they can. Any Hader pursuit would clearly signify that.
Josh Hader on Saturday continued his dominance in MLB and showed just how effective he is with an incredible feat.
Hader threw an immaculate inning in the Milwaukee Brewers’ 4-2 win over the St Louis Cardinals.
Working in Milwaukee’s closer role with Jeremy Jeffress and Corey Knebel out, Hader pitched a perfect ninth inning for his second save. He struck out all three batters he faced and did so on just nine pitches.
That was even more impressive than his previous outing on Thursday, where Hader retired all six batters he faced for a six-out save. He struck out four in that appearance.
The immaculate inning left his teammates in awe. Christian Yelich said he’d never seen anything like it.
The stats show just how ridiculous Hader has been.
The Brewers have themselves a heck of a weapon in their bullpen.
Josh Hader got a very different reception on the road from the one that he received at home less than a week ago.
The Milwaukee Brewers reliever pitched Thursday against the San Francisco Giants in what was his first road appearance since old tweets of his containing homophobic and racist content emerged during the All-Star break. As Hader entered the contest, he heard loud boos from the Giants faithful. Here is video of the scene, per Sam Hustis of KNBR.
Hader went on to pitch 1.1 scoreless innings against the Giants to successfully preserve a 2-2 tie. In a decision that was criticized by many, he was given a raucous ovation by Brewers fans in Milwaukee on Saturday when he was made his first overall appearance on the mound since the scandal.
The 24-year-old Hader has already gone above and beyond in his apologies for the offensive tweets. Regardless however, he is quickly realizing that it will still be a long time before he lives them down in the eyes of the majority.
Josh Hader continues to make amends for some ugly tweets of his that resurfaced earlier this week.
Stephen Watson of WISN 12 News in Milwaukee reported on Friday that the Brewers reliever issued an emotional apology inside the team’s clubhouse before their first game of the second half. Watson also added that everybody seemed to accept his apology and that they were hoping to move forward.
This was echoed by Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports, who said that Hader cried during his apology and quoted Brewers outfielder and longtime Hader roommate Brett Phillips as saying that he never exhibited any racism.
The 24-year-old Hader, who made this year’s National League All-Star team thanks to a breakout first half of the year, had several offensive tweets emerge amid his appearance in Tuesday’s All-Star Game. The tweets, which were sent back in 2011 and 2012 when he was a teenager, included Hader quoting vulgar rap lyrics as well as using racist and homophobic language.
Hader has also apologized publicly for the objectionable posts, and now it sounds like the team is ready to move forward in light of his show of remorse.
Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Josh Hader saw his reputation take a massive hit during the MLB All-Star Game Tuesday night when some of his offensive tweets from years ago began surfacing, but he will not face disciplinary action from the league.
Major League Baseball released a statement on Wednesday addressing Hader’s tweets, and commissioner Rob Manfred said the left-hander took the “necessary step of expressing remorse” but that he will be required to attend sensitivity training.
The Brewers also weighed in, condemning Hader’s tweets while saying they do not believe they are representative of the 24-year-old’s personal beliefs.
The tweets from Hader mostly came from 2011-12 and included him quoting offensive rap lyrics in addition to making some homophobic remarks. Hader later apologized for the tweets and said they were the result of him being “immature and stupid” when he was 17.
Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Josh Hader apologized on Tuesday night after old tweets of his began to surface.
The tweets from Hader mostly came from 2011-12 and included him quoting offensive rap lyrics, as well as a few homophobic quotes, such as “gay people freak me out.”
Knowing full well that the tweets began circulating during the All-Star Game, Hader was prepared to answer for them after the game. He apologized, saying he was “young, immature and stupid” when he sent the tweets.
Hader, who is now 24, was 17/18 when he sent the tweets. He certainly was young and immature when he sent them, and it shows some maturity that he is taking responsibility for them now. The real question is whether he still believes some of those homophobic thoughts he tweeted, because then there would be an issue. Fans have already turned on him as a result.