Brewers trade Josh Hader to San Diego Padres for four players

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MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Brewers have reportedly made a big move ahead of Tuesday’s MLB trade deadline, trading All-Star Josh Hader to the San Diego Padres.

ESPN’s Jeff Passan and The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal are among those reporting the agreement Monday morning. According to Passan, the Brewers will be receiving Padres closer Taylor Rogers in return, as well as pitcher Dinelson Lamet, outfielder Esteury Ruiz and pitching prospect Robert Gasser.

The Brewers confirmed the trade about two hours after it was initially reported.

In a statement released after the trade was announced, President of Baseball Operations David Stearns says the move helps “ensure that the future of the Milwaukee Brewers remains bright while not compromising our desire and expectation to win today.”

“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,” Stearns said. “Trading good players on good teams is difficult, and that certainly is the case with Josh. We also recognize that to give our organization the best chance for sustained competitiveness, to avoid the extended down periods that so many organizations experience, we must make decisions that are not easy.”

Hader, who has won the National League’s Reliever of the Year award three times and leads the major leagues this year with 29 saves, is set to become a free agent at the end of next season. After getting off to an extremely hot start to the season and not allowing a run until June, Hader has struggled mightily in the last month, giving up 13 earned runs in just 9.1 innings in July for a 12.54 ERA in 11 appearances.

Rogers has racked up 28 saves for the Padres this year despite a 4.35 ERA, but has posted a much lower walk rate and home run rate than Hader. He could potentially take over Hader’s late-inning role for the Brewers, or manager Craig Counsell could opt to move Devin Williams, who has not allowed a run in 30 consecutive outings, into the role.

Ruiz, who is 23 years old, has hit a combined .333/.467/.560 across Double-A and Triple-A so far this year, with a combined 13 home runs and 23 doubles. Gasser was ranked as the Padres’ 7th-best prospect by MLB Pipeline heading into the season, while Lamet has struggled with arm injuries in recent years but has still shown flashes of potential.