Brewers confirm trade of star closer Hader

Milwaukee Brewers' Josh Hader pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the ninth inning of a...
Milwaukee Brewers' Josh Hader pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Friday, July 29, 2022, in Boston.(Michael Dwyer | AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Published: Aug. 1, 2022 at 12:48 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 1, 2022 at 5:04 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - One of the Brew Crew’s biggest names appears to be heading west.

Despite sitting three-games atop the National League Central, the Milwaukee Brewers are about to trade Josh Hader to the San Diego Padres, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports.

The Brewers confirmed the trade in a tweet, saying they were receiving closer Taylor Rogers, outfielder Esteury Ruiz, right-hander Dinelson Lamet, and pitching prospect Robert Gasser, in exchange for their star.

“The players we are receiving in this trade help ensure that the future of the Milwaukee Brewers remains bright while not compromising our desire and expectation to win today,” said President of Baseball Operations David Stearns. “This mix of present Major League talent and high-level prospects furthers our aim to get as many bites of the apple as possible and, ultimately, to bring a World Series to Milwaukee. Trading good players on good teams is difficult, and that certainly is the case with Josh.”

Passan described the haul as “significant,” but noted the Padres did not give up any of the top prospects they’ve been rumored to be dangling in front of the Nationals in hopes of luring Juan Soto to the west coast as well.

The Padres will have control of Hader, who has tallied 125 saves in his six seasons, for at least one more year, as he is not eligible for free agency until after next season.

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