For years now Josh Hader has been the center of trade conversations for the Milwaukee Brewers. That is no different nowadays as the trade deadline nears. August 2nd, 2022 marks the trade deadline for this season. With just a few weeks to go we are seeing possible trade proposals being thrown out left and right for the best closer in baseball. Here is one of the latest ones.
Josh Hader to the New York Mets?
Jim Bowden of The Athletic proposed a trade between the Mets and Brewers that would be game changing.
Brewers trade LHP Josh Hader to Mets for INF/OF Jeff McNeil and OF/1B Dominic Smith — Douglas H.
OK, in the previous Hader proposal, I argued the Brewers should retain Hader for another year. But now you’ve made me an offer I can’t refuse (as the Brewers). I think Smith, if given a chance to play first base every day, would hit .300 with 20 home run power and a .350 on-base percentage. McNeil has been a .300 hitter in three of his four big-league seasons.
I think this trade is too good for the Brewers to pass up. I’m making it. I’m making it from the Mets’ perspective, too, and think it would be a game-changer for them. Interesting idea, Douglas.
Is this trade, or one similar, likely?
A trade involving Josh Hader leaving the Brewers would have to result in some serious bats coming to Milwaukee. Jeff McNeil fits that bill pretty well. Dominic Smith would be a wait and see type of player. I am not sure if this would be enough to ship off the best closer in all of baseball, but it would be a start.