MLB analyst shares fascinating fact about Josh Hader trade

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The San Diego Padres acquired All-Star reliever Josh Hader from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for Dinelson Lamet, Esteury Ruiz, Taylor Rogers and a minor league player.

It was a curious move by the Brewers, considering they are first in the NL Central division with a solid 57-45 record.

They even have a three-game cushion over the division’s second-ranked team, the St. Louis Cardinals.

“The Brewers are in 1st place. Josh Hader was an All-Star this year. The last time a first-place team traded a player who had been an All-Star for them that year was in 2014, when the 1st-place A’s traded All-Star Yoenis Céspedes to the Red Sox. , for Jon Lester h/t @EliasSports,” MLB analyst Sarah Langs tweeted..

A strange move, but that doesn’t mean the trade was bad

Obviously, the decision to treat Hader, a known and consistent performer, was odd to say the least.

However, we can’t say they didn’t get the talent from the Padres.

Ruiz has an amazing power-speed combo and could be a go-to in center field, Rogers is a great left-handed reliever, and Lamet is talented despite being injury prone.

The Padres are going all-in with the trade, and there could be more moves on the horizon given they have retained star-level prospects such as CJ Abrams, Robert Hassell III, James Wood, MacKenzie Gore and others .

As for the Brewers, they could also sell receiver Omar Narvaez.

It was certainly surprising to see them trade Hader, who has a career 2.48 ERA and a boatload of strikeouts.

He was probably getting too expensive for them to keep after the 2023 campaign, so they decided to pull the trigger on a deal.

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