The Milwaukee Brewers elected to trade star closer Josh Hader at last year’s trade deadline. Given Milwaukee’s financial limitations Josh Hader being traded was inevitable, but the timing of it was shocking as the team was in first place when the trade occurred. Before Thursday night’s Brewers vs Padres game, Hader met with Milwaukee’s media team and discussed the trade in more detail.
Former Milwaukee Brewers closer Josh Hader discusses last year’s trade to the San Diego Padres.
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When asked if he was surprised by the trade Josh Hader responded, “I would more so say just the timing of it. We had a clue that I could possibly be traded, but we thought maybe in the off-season. But you know how the business goes. There’s reasoning behind it for the front office, and it’s just part of it.”
Hader later goes on to talk about the moment he found out he was traded. He said, “We had an off day, right. It wasn’t like everyone was at the field”. When asked if he got to say goodbye to his teammates he talked about how he had three hours to catch a flight, so he grabbed some Chipotle and was able to address a few players who were at the hotel.
This series will be Hader’s first opportunity to face Milwaukee since the trade. San Diego went on to make the play-offs after last years blockbuster deal and the Brewers fell just short. During the offseason the Brew Crew used a key piece of the Hader trade in Esteury Ruiz as a trade chip that landed them William Contreras.
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