Milwaukee Brewers reliever Josh Hader is available via trade this offseason, according to Ken Rosenthal’s latest article for The Athletic.
Hader, the winner of back-to-back Trevor Hoffman Awards, would be one of, if not the most tempting player available on the market. Over the last two seasons, he’s thrown 157 innings with just a 2.52 ERA. During that stretch, he’s struck out 16.9 batters per game and walked just 2.9. The 25-year-old won’t be a free agent until 2024 on top of all that. So why would the Brewers want to trade?
Rosenthal speculates a few reasons for the Brewers to bail now on the All-Star reliever. Hader has thrown the second-most relief innings in baseball over the last two seasons. With him qualifying for Super Two status, his cost will grow each year. MLB Trade Rumors predicts that Hader will receive $4.7 million in his first year of arb.
The market is also very hot for left-handed relievers. Old friends Will Smith and Drew Pomeranz signed for a combined $74 million and were some of the first players to come off the market. Pomeranz put up less than 30 innings of relief, but still got a four-year deal from the San Diego Padres.
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