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This Player Will be on the Trade Block if the Brewers Get Off to a Slow Start in 2020

By michael obermuller
If the Brewers get off to a slow start in 2020, will the Josh Hader trade rumors finally come to fruition?
If the Brewers get off to a slow start in 2020, will the Josh Hader trade rumors finally come to fruition? / Dylan Buell/Getty Images
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The Milwaukee Brewers decided to overhaul their roster a bit over the offseason, bringing in a bunch of new free agents to replace the ones that left. Simply put, this new rag-doll roster could either succeed, or crash and burn in this upcoming 60-game season.

If the recent moves don't work out, even more big changes could be in store for this franchise. One Brewers star that may not survive a 2020 rebuild (should it occur) is do-it-all reliever Josh Hader.

The high-leverage situation pitcher just turned 26, and he's under contract until 2024, but there have already been questions about the possible wear and tear on his arm after logging 156.3 innings over the last two seasons. It wouldn't be the first time that Milwaukee shopped Hader either.

This offseason trade never happened, of course, and Hader remains a Brewer for now, but that won't last if the playoff conversations end early. A possible closer upgrade for many teams, Hader is just too valuable to keep at his current stock, especially if you believe he might regress like Milwaukee seems to think.

If the Brewers made him available again, they could start a bidding war and sell high. Currently holding a career 2.42 ERA with 15.3 strikeouts per nine innings compared to 1.2 home runs (and 49 saves), there may not be a better chance than this to cash in on Hader.


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Michael Obermuller is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Michael Obermuller also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username king_mizzard. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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