It's a rarity to see one team in playoff contention trade an All-Star to another team in playoff contention, but that's exactly what happened at this year's MLB deadline. Closer Josh Hader was dealt from the Milwaukee Brewers to the San Diego Padres and Ken Rosenthal recently explained why.
Milwaukee Brewers Trade
Rosenthal mentioned that Hader's preference to pitch only one inning in relief rubbed some people within the organization the wrong way. Milwaukee has also been known to avoid "rebuilding" at all costs. The franchise also brought back three relievers capable of helping the team out right now.
It was still perplexing to see a player that currently leads all of baseball in saves (29) and owns a 2.47 career ERA be dealt away. A couple of bad outings has ballooned Hader's ERA to 4.11 in 2022, but his pitch arsenal makes him one of the most dangerous weapons in closely contested playoff games.
Milwaukee has since turned to All-Star Devin Williams to be the closer and that plan hasn't started off well. Williams was handed the loss against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday after giving up a walk-off home run. Meanwhile, Hader was credited with a win during his scoreless Padres debut on Tuesday.
Hader was a clubhouse favorite and it will likely take some time for his former teammates to understand why the front office made this move. Heck, it'll take Brewers fans some time, too. Nevertheless, what's done is done and now the team will get back to focusing on victories.
Milwaukee has odds set at +3500 to win the World Series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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