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Josh Hader Trade Grades: Grading The Trade for the San Diego Padres, Milwaukee Brewers

Josh Hader was moved from the Brewers to the Padres yesterday. Who won this trade? Jason Radowitz breaks it down with grades for each team.
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Josh Hader Trade Grades: Grading The Trade for the San Diego Padres, Milwaukee Brewers

Nobody really saw this coming. Josh Hader was traded from the Milwaukee Brewers to the San Diego Padres.

Hader has been one of the top closers in the MLB for a couple of years now for the Brewers. However, he was starting to show some signs of wear and tear. Eventually, the Brewers saw a package they couldn't refuse and pulled the trigger.

Josh Hader was sent to San Diego for reliever Taylor Rogers, starter Dinelson Lamet and two prospects between Esteury Ruiz and Robert Gasser.

The Padres also just traded for Juan Soto, but that's a whole other article. Anyway, the Padres practically sent six of their top 10 prospects away for Hader, Soto, and Josh Bell.

Was it worth it?

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Padres Grade: C

I understand the appeal with Josh Hader. He's been one of the best relievers in baseball. This year, he's got 29 saves, which also leads the MLB. But he still has a 4.24 ERA on the season with a 1.12 WHIP.

His WHIP has never exceeded .00 before and his ERA has never been greater than 4.00 to finish a season.

The Padres traded Taylor Rogers, who had 28 saves for the Padres to go with a 4.35 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP. This is practically the same pitcher!

The Padres essentially gave up two top 10 prospects along with Rogers and a potential future star in Lamet for Hader.

I don't like it. The Padres are hoping this year is just a fluke. But he could be falling off.

Brewers: A

The Brewers are currently contending for the NL Central division. They're not selling off their players. However, the Padres' offer was too good to pass up. I agree with what the Brewers essentially did.

Devin Williams can clearly take over the closing role for the Brewers. He has a 1.59 ERA on the year with a 1.01 WHIP. The Brewers felt like Rogers and Williams can do the same thing that Williams and Hader have done.

On top of that, the Brewers boosted their farm system and are also able to take a chance on Lamet, who could be a star on the mound in this league. We've already seen it before.

I really can't knock the Brewers for this deal. They got a ton of value for an underperforming asset.


Jason grew up an avid sports fan. His passion for sports writing grew in high school and he developed a blog that was strictly for New York Sports. From his work, you will quickly realize that he loves looking at games from an analytical and numbers perspective and hopes to provide you with that same perspective in his articles.


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