Many had a feeling it wouldn’t take long after the MLB lockout was lifted before the rumors started flying for the Brewers and other teams across the league. Looks like that was a spot-on assessment.
Some thought things would start cooking even faster. Teams across the league were technically able to start making moves as soon as Thursday night when the lifting of the MLB lockout meant league operations could resume. But the evening ended up remaining generally quiet.
Then, on Friday, transactions started trickling in across the league. Those were followed by the rumors. And for Milwaukee Brewers fans, one player who they are used to seeing attached to the offseason rumor mill found his way back there right away.
Star closer Josh Hader, owner of three of the last four NL Reliever of the Year awards, seemingly gets attached to trade rumors every offseason. And why not? Small market teams like the Brewers who often can’t afford to pay players like Hader end up trying to trade them before they hit free agency, so they don’t lose them for nothing.
So, of course it didn’t take long before the Hader trade rumors started floating around again. And you may not be particularly surprised to see what team is on the other end of said rumors.
On Friday, it was rumored that the New York Mets may take a look at a possible trade for Brewers closer Josh Hader.
The rumor came about after an appearance by ESPN MLB Insider Buster Olney on The Michael Kay Show. You can hear what he has to say about the Mets’ possible interest in Hader just after the 6:00 mark.
Olney also mentions very quickly another thing that we often hear when Hader gets attached to trade rumors, that Milwaukee’s stance when it comes to him hasn’t changed. Generally, that has been that Brewers president of baseball operations David Stearns would have to be blown away by a proposal before even considering to move Hader.
But that might not stop the Mets from at least trying. New owner Steve Cohen has shown early that he is willing to spend in an attempt to win games in New York. So perhaps he would convince his people to pay the hefty price that it would take to land a player like Hader.
Earlier this offseason, we got a glimpse at what one possible Hader trade proposal from the Mets could look like. Just as a refresher, it would land the Brewers INF Jeff McNeil, 1B/LF Dominic Smith, and minor league RHP J.T. Ginn.
Would that be enough to pry Hader from the Brewers? Knowing Stearns and the trades he has completed in the past, he would probably push to get a bit more out of the deal. One thing is for certain, you have to give up a lot if you expect to trade for arguably the best reliever in all of baseball.
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As if we weren’t already aware that baseball was back, you know nature has truly healed, as they say, when Josh Hader rumors are back in the news once again.