Josh Heather trade: Padres land All-Star closer from Brewers This is what a blockbuster means for both teams.

The Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to trade closer Josh Hader to the San Diego Padres, Jim Bowden of CBS Sports HQ confirmed Monday. Milwaukee will receive reliever Taylor Rogers, right-hander Denilson Lamet and prospects Robert Gasser and Esteveri Ruiz in the deal, which comes less than 30 hours before Tuesday’s trade deadline.

Hader, 28, will be eligible for free agency after next season. Because of that, and because of his rising arbitration costs (reserves are the stats a reliever pays before he hits free agency), the Brewers were more open-minded than they thought about moving him. As much as you can expect from a first place team. .

It’s possible the Brewers felt more empowered to make the deal given that Heather is in the midst of a disappointing effort by his standards. In 37 appearances, he had a 4.24 ERA (97 ERA+) and a 4.92 strikeout-to-walk ratio. (For reference, even with his struggles this year, he still has a 2.48 career ERA.)

Hader was particularly ineffective of late, his season ERA rising from 1.09 in early July to 4.24 by the end of the month. Five of the seven home runs he allowed this season were launched over six appearances.

The Brewers didn’t have to have long-term concerns about Hader to justify moving him — they just had to feel like they could get similar production from Rodgers, with other players acknowledging that fact. are serving to balance out that Rogers will be free. Agent at the end of the season, a year before Hader. How realistic is this belief? Rodgers has also had a worse-than-usual year, compiling a 4.35 ERA (87 ERA+) and a 5.33 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 41 innings. For his career, he has a 3.29 ERA over 350 big league innings.

What the trade means for the Brewers.

Most importantly, it means Milwaukee will have a regular closer who doesn’t have a header for the first time since holding the ninth inning in 2018. That was easy enough for Brewers fans to bear, though it’s fair to think that Milwaukee’s bullpen as a whole could take a step back as a result. (That drop, the Brewers’ front office seems to be banking, could be offset with Rodgers.)

Hader’s departure would also free up funds for the Brewers to allocate elsewhere. He was owed $11 million this season, making him the second-highest paid player on Milwaukee’s roster behind Christian Yelich. Granted, the savings won’t be felt immediately: Rodgers’ full-season salary was more than $7 million, meaning the difference between them the rest of the way is less than $2 million.

The Brewers also get some additional pitching depth in the form of Lamett, an exciting young hitter in Ruiz, and Gaser, who Baseball America recently ranked as the ninth-best prospect and back-end starter in San Diego’s system. What is the ban?

What the trade means for the Padres.

It is easy. The Padres were able to acquire Hader, possibly the game’s best reliever during his career, for a package of outfielders. Rodgers had underperformed and was months away from free agency. Lamett did not disclose that he belonged to a big league pitching staff. And neither Ruiz nor Gasser was one of the Padres’ best young prospects.

It’s rare that a potential impact talent — even in the form of a reliever — will be missed without a player the team will surely miss. The priests fulfilled it here. Even if there’s a chance Hader is on a downswing, it’s a worthwhile bet. One that could upgrade the Padres’ bullpen without jeopardizing the acquisition of Juan Soto or other trade deadline additions.