The Brewers are in search of offensive upgrades this winter, and so they have a minimum of one important bargaining chip. Milwaukee is open to presents for elite reliever Josh Hader, per Robert Murray of FanSided.
As central as Hader has been to this run of Brewers competition — and as distinctive a expertise as he has been — the Brewers need to a minimum of hearken to presents. He’s projected to make $5.65M this season, and he has one other two seasons of management remaining. Now is likely to be the height of Hader’s commerce worth.
For the Brewers, he is likely to be a luxurious they will not afford. Even at his most dominant, Hader maxed out at 2.7 bWAR throughout the common season. There’s further worth for Hader’s function within the postseason, nonetheless, evidenced by his dominant run of 10 scoreless innings within the 2018 playoffs that performed a serious function in getting the Brewers to the NLCS. For an NL contender trying to steadiness to scales towards the juggernaut Dodgers, a weapon like Hader might current an answer.
Moreover, it simply so occurs that the Brewers produced one other high-end reliever in Rookie of the Yr Devin Williams. As tantalizing because the pair can be on the tail finish of video games, the Brewers produce other holes to fill and a restricted payroll. That they had a roughly $97M payroll in 2020, and so they’re already near that quantity with arbitration projections for 2021. They might non-tender Corey Knebel to open up about $5M, however he’s additionally a high-end bullpen piece at his finest, which he wasn’t in 2020 with a 6.08 ERA in 13 1/3 innings.
In the event that they’re critical about upgrading the offense, which Murray notes completed twenty sixth in runs and twenty fourth in OPS, shifting a chunk like Hader would possibly present a path. Naysayers could level to the mph he misplaced on his fastball this season, however he was nonetheless among the many best within the recreation at limiting laborious contact (85.4 mph EV), avoiding barrels (14.7 Barrel%) and putting out opposing hitters (39.7 Ok%) — to not point out a 2.94 xERA that ranks among the many high 10% within the recreation.