The Brewers made waves Monday afternoon when they traded superstar Josh Hader to the San Diego Padres. As a result, they received major leaguers Taylor Rodgers and Dinelson Lamet and prospects Robert Gasser and Esteury Ruiz in return. Today, the Brewers designated Lamet for assignment, thickening the plot.
Right-hander Dinelson Lamet and catcher Pedro Severino have been designated for assignment by the Milwaukee Brewers.
— Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) August 3, 2022
The trade was already unpopular with Brewers fans, especially after Stearns and Co. failed to add a major league bat in any following trades. The trade deadline came and went Tuesday with nothing to soften the blow of giving up the best reliever in baseball but a decent closer, Dinelson Lamet and some prospects. The move doesn’t appear to have helped clubhouse morale either.
Now, Brewers fans won’t see Dinelson Lamet in a Milwaukee uniform before he was designated for assignment. This is just one more puzzling move by the Brewers’ front office.
DFA’ing Dinelson Lamet hasn’t made Brewers fans happier about the Hader trade.
Fans beg the question; why trade away Hader if you’re not even going to keep one of his replacements in Dinelson Lamet? How do you justify giving up a generational talent? It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, as the return for Hader already seemed low. The whole debacle certainly seems rushed and poorly thought out. Not what you want from the front office.
There was some salary equalizing involved in the Brewers taking Lamet back so the Padres could stay under the luxury tax. David Stearns described a roster crunch that then came about with the Bush addition. That's what led to this.
But still. I'd call it all a head-scratcher.
— Curt Hogg (@CyrtHogg) August 3, 2022
David Stearns can try all he wants to explain this, but nothing he says will make this move make sense. This trade didn’t make much sense yesterday, and it makes even less sense today after designating Dinelson Lamet. Consequentially, the fans’ already low opinion of owner Mark Attanasio has hit a new low.
I felt like Dinelson Lamet was a decent part to the Hader trade. Us just DFAing him before he even throws a pitch blows my mind.
— Ryan (@BrewPack8) August 3, 2022
Why trade for Dinelson Lamet when we won’t keep him? Why let the best reliever in baseball practically walk away? By all counts, the Padres won this trade in a landslide. The Brewers’ front office looks like amateur hour today.
Not all of today’s roster moves are as head-scratching DFA-ing Dinelson Lamet.
On the bright side? Pedro Severino, who isn’t even eligible to play in the postseason, consequently joins Lamet in being designated for assignment. These moves helped make room to call Keston Hiura, who’s been raking in AAA, back up to the bigs. Even with Hiura rejoining the Crew, the AAA club is in good hands, with multiple top prospects getting promoted amongst the trade deadline drama. Freddy Peralta, recently reinstated from the 60-day injured list after a set of rehab starts in Nashville, will get the start tonight.
Still, the Dinelson Lamet move eclipses the rest of the roster moves in its sheer insanity. It’s been a disheartening couple of days, and it doesn’t look like things will make sense soon. Buckle up, Brewers fans. I have a hunch the ride is just starting.
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