Ken Rosenthal reported in The Athletic (subscription required) that the Yankees are the most active pursuer of Josh Hader. Josh Hader is the Milwaukee Brewers closer and by far their best pitcher. So we look at some aspects of what could be in a Josh Hader to the Yankees deal.
For the Yankees (or any other team) to acquire Josh Hader, there needs to be a certain level of “hurt” (according to the late Gene “Stick” Michaels) for the acquiring organization. The Yankees arguably have the best bullpen already in baseball. So to add another reliever, the caliber of a Josh Hader, who still has four years of control, will require a lot. Sadly, the Yankees’ top prospect, Deivi Garcia, must begin the conversation. New York will then need to add on some Major League-ready talent like Clint Frazier and Chance Adams. And then a few more top prospects like Albert Abreu and Estevan Florial and then maybe the Brewers will bite on that deal.
The Impact of Hader on the Yankees
Josh Hader is one of the best pitchers in the game. And without a shadow of a doubt, the best pitcher on the Brewers. Adding Hader to the Yankees already dominant and powerful bullpen would make it even stronger. Hader, Aroldis Chapman, Zack Britton, Chad Green, Adam Ottavino, Tommy Kahnle, and more would give the Yankees and even more reliable bullpen. The Yankees have gotten their Ace with Gerrit Cole to anchor their rotation. And acquiring Josh Hader would give the Yankees an anchor at the top and shutdown relievers from the fifth inning onward. Also, with the new MLB ruling of a pitcher needing to face a minimum of three batters, Hader adds to the list of Yankee relievers that aren’t limited by specialty.
The Impact of Hader on the Yankees, on the rest of MLB
As previously stated, the Yankees have arguably the best bullpen in the game. And that’s without potentially adding Josh Hader to the mix. Should the Yankees make a move and add Hader, the rest of baseball should be very wary. The Yankees employed a bullpen attack throughout the 2019 season. However, during the playoffs overall, it would be too difficult a strategy to maintain. But with the addition of Cole, the Yankees bullpen heavy style is now better employed. Having six relievers all capable of closing on any given team is a dangerous proposition for the rest of MLB to handle.
Should the Deal Be Made?
With all of the conversation, this piece has stirred up on Twitter. Just to be clear, this isn’t a deal that will be made. And not a deal I would make. This is simply the package level that would likely be needed to acquire Josh Hader.