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Dodgers Have Reportedly Inquired on All-Star Reliever Josh Hader

The Dodgers might not be done with their bullpen even after signing Blake Treinen.

The Dodgers are among the teams who have inquired on Brewers star left-handed relief pitcher Josh Hader, according to Ken Rosenthal.

The Yankees and Mets are also interested, with the Yankees being the most aggressive club in their pursuit of Hader. However, Rosenthal reports a deal with any club is unlikely due to the Brewers’ high asking price.

In some cases, sources say the Brewers asked for a package that included at least one top prospect. Teams, however, are hesitant to part with such an asset for a reliever, even one as good as Hader.

The cost for Hader should be high, as the Brewers know well. He has won the Trevor Hoffman Award as the top reliever in the National League for the past two seasons and is only 25 years old.

He is projected to make $4.6 million this season and has four years of team control left before becoming eligible for free agency in 2024.

Hader’s home run rate jumped by 7%, from 14.5% to 21.4%, from 2018 to 2019. He was able to still remain at an elite level, but it is cause for concern moving forward. Hader was able to counter the home run problem by striking out more hitters and walking less.


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Teams are also concerned with the number of innings Hader has thrown in the past two seasons, according to Rosenthal.

Some clubs, though, are concerned by his workload. Over the past two seasons, Hader has thrown 168 innings, including playoffs, second only to Yusmeiro Petit among pitchers used solely as relievers.

It is hard to envision the Dodgers including Gavin Lux, Dustin May, or Keibert Ruiz in a trade for a reliever. Perhaps the Brewers would have interest in a deal involving a starting pitcher, such as Kenta Maeda or Ross Stripling since they need rotation help.

It is unknown if the Dodgers’ interest in Hader came before or after their signing of Blake Treinen to a one-year deal.

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Written by Blake Williams

I graduated with an Associate's Degree in Journalism from Los Angeles Pierce College and now I'm working towards my Bachelor's at Cal State University, Northridge. I'm currently the managing editor for the Roundup News and a writer for Dodgers Nation. Around the age of 12, I fell in love with baseball and in high school, I realized my best path to working in baseball was as a writer, so that's the path I followed. I also like to bring an analytics viewpoint to my work and I'm always willing to help someone understand them since so many people have done the same for me. Thanks for reading!

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  1. So now that the FO has burned all of it’s trust in the fanbase as being unable and willing to spend OUR money, the next easiest excuse this coming season will be to blame it on Dave Roberts. This next post season collapse will be a easy fall guy. Cheap, cheap cheap………

  2. First you tell us Rosenthall says LA is in the hunt for Hader. Then, so are the Yankees and much harder than anyone else. Then you say it’s surrealistic and won’t happen. What’s the point of eve writing and posting this story? I would expect better from a Dodgers fan site, but this seems to be becoming just another Yahoo Sports site.

  3. Maybe the Dodgers are saving their money in anticipation of offering Rich Hill a fantastic contract!!!! Go Blue!!!

  4. Please cease and desist all “inquired about” and “linked to ” alleged stories. Cole, Strasburg and Rendon are all gone without the Dodgers getting close or even making offers. I thought Zack Wheeler might have been the one they’d go after but he’s gone too. The Yankees are peddling JA Happ and it won’t surprise me in the least if this is the calibre of players the Dodgers continue to sign. Apparently first and second tier free agents aren’t on the FO’s radar.

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