The Milwaukee Brewers have traded four-time All-Star closer Josh Hader to the San Diego Padres, according to ESPN MLB insider Jeff Passan.
Going to Milwaukee is closer Taylor Rogers, pitching prospect Robert Gasser, outfielder Esteury Ruiz and right-hander Dinelson Lamet.
It’s the first time a first-place team has traded a player who was an All-Star for them since the Oakland Athletics traded outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to the Red Sox in 2014, according to MLB reporter Sarah Langs and Elias Sports Bureau.
Despite the deceiving 4.24 ERA, Hader has continued his All-Star form in 2022. Outside of a two-outing stretch from July 13-15 where he gave up a combined nine runs, Hader has allowed a run in just six appearances this season.
Hader has struck out 59 batters in 34 innings and leads the league in saves with 29. Rogers is just behind Hader, with 28. In his first season in San Diego, Rogers has a 4.35 ERA in 41.1 IP.
The Brewers also receive a former rotation centerpiece in Lamet, who has a 9.49 ERA in 12.1 IP this season. Lamet has struggled with injuries in recent years. He landed on the injured list multiple times last season with elbow and forearm injuries. In 2020, Lamet went 3-1 with an ERA of 2.09 in 12 starts.
The Brewers enter the week 57-45, three games up on the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central. The Padres (57-46) sit 12 games behind the 68-33 Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West.
Hader will be a free agent after the 2023 season.