Can’t believe they did it.
Yesterday, the Brewers made the jaw-dropping decision to trade All-Star closer Josh Hader to the San Diego Padres for Padres own closer Taylor Rogers, righty Dinelson Lamet, pitching prospect Robert Gasser and outfield prospect Esteury Ruiz.
Hader was set to go to arbitration in 2023 before becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2024. The Brewers knew that he become more expensive down the line and with a string of poor outings in July, it was time to trade him.
A lot of Brewer fans are shocked they made this move, but I’m not and here’s why.
Hader has been a Brewer since 2015 when he was acquired from the Astros in one of Doug Melvin’s last moves as general manager. Hader made his debut June 10, 2017 against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ever since then, Hader had become a weapon out of the bullpen with Milwaukee starting to utilize him for multiple innings starting in 2018.
But as big of a weapon as Hader was, Milwaukee never gave him a long-term contract extension because it’s never a good practice to give a bloated extension to a relief pitcher because you can find a good one anywhere. and relief pitchers don’t always provide consistent success on a year-to-year basis. It sucks to see Hader go, but that’s the business of baseball
Now let’s talk about who the Brewers got in return.
A closer for closer trade you rarely see that happen.
Even more rare, these two are 1A and 1B in the MLB this season for saves with Hader having 29 saves and Rogers having 28.
This season in 42 games, Rogers has 4.35 ERA, with 48 strikeouts in 41 innings pitched. Rogers has only issued nine walks and allowed only one home run this season.
Rogers has been ok in the past couple of months after allowing a combined four earned runs in April and May. But hasn’t been as consistent the past couple of months as he had a 5.59 ERA in June, allowing nine hits and seven earned runs. Rogers hasn’t been great in July allowing 17 hits, 10 earned runs and 9.31 ERA. Rogers’ last appearance was against the Detroit Tigers on July 27th where he allowed two earned, three hits in a 4-3 loss.
Similar to Hader, Rogers had a tough July and hopefully with some rest and brand new month, Rogers can get back on track.
Lamet this year supports a 9.49 ERA in 13 games pitched but don’t let that fool you, the Brewers can fix him.
Three years ago, the Brewers acquired Drew Pomeranz from the Giants. Pomeranez at that point had 5.68 ERA, and fans were wondering why Milwaukee made that trade; well with Milwaukee Pomeranz finished with a 2.39 ERA and inked a four-year deal with the Padres so not only did Milwaukee fix a struggling pitcher, but they got him paid the next offseason. I believe Lamet can fit into the Brewers pitching factory of success and hopefully he will be a core member of the Brewers pitching staff for years to come.
In High-A this season, Gasser logged a 4.18 ERA, 115 strikeouts in 18 games as a starter and 90.1 innings pitched. Gasser will open his career for the Brewers in Double-A Biloxi.
Ruiz split time this year between the San Antonio Missions (Padres Double- A Affiliate). and the Padres. For the Missions, Ruiz slashed a .344 AVG, with nine home runs, and 47 RBI’s in 49 games. For the Padres, Ruiz had a .222 AVG, with 0 home runs, two RBI’s in 14 games albeit in limited action. Ruiz will begin for the Brewers in Triple A-Nashville.