Could Brewers Really Deal Josh Hader?
This is a loaded Monday when it comes to Wisconsin sports. There are many things to talk about and to add a little more spice to things, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, reported that the Milwaukee Brewers are listening on deals for Josh Hader, their All-Star closer. This news hit every Brewers’ fan like a tidal wave. People thought Milwaukee may get creative but no one thought Hader might be a cause of Milwaukee’s creative roster-building. There are some reasons to make a Hader deal, and there is one fat reason not to do it.
Brewers could move on from Hader because they feel burnout is coming sooner rather than later. They know their guys better than we do. Rosenthal points out in the piece that Hader logged the most innings of any reliever besides Yusmeiro Petit. This has a feel of an NFL team dealing a running back early because they know he is breaking down. This might be the best time to trade Hader, and Milwaukee wants to strike before the returns for him are diminished next season.
The other reason this is a sensible move is the need for assets. Milwaukee is the worst farm system in baseball. They’re not going to be able to build it overnight without trades. The New York Yankees were able to get Gleyber Torres from their All-Star closer. Not saying that’s what Brewers’ fans should hope for but it is possible. Additionally, those assets could be used to flip for a bigger talent around the trading deadline in July.
The big reason to not make any type of move like this is it looks cheap. The reason that Hader could be on the block is his arbitration number. It is too high for the Brewers, and for them to move away from it saves them money. But that’s all Milwaukee has done this offseason. They’re flushed with 41 million dollars at this point. They have an MVP with a short window. Unless they’re bringing an elite talent back, it is hard to sell this type of deal to your fans especially after yelling out the desire to win a World Series THIS YEAR a few weeks ago.
Brewers love to keep us on our toes and we will see what may come of this potential blockbuster move for the Brewers and their future.