The Yankees offseason is now squarely rooted in relief pitcher, Josh Hader, of the Milwaukee Brewers. Hader is going to come with a hefty price tag, and, no, it’s not the generic “Yankee tax.” Itâ€™s â€œThe Brewers know what they have, and they know everyone wants him. Why wouldnâ€™t they ask for a king’s ransom for a guy whoâ€™s trade value is at ITS HIGHEST?!â€
The Mets Went for Hader. Hereâ€™s What The Brewers Wanted
The Mets reportedly made a play for Josh Hader. The Brewers wanted first baseman Dominic Smith (.282/.355/.525 with 11 home runs in 89 games last season), Steven Matz (who plays a crucial part in the Mets rotation moving forward), and two â€œhighly regarded prospects.â€ Could have been Ronny Mauricio, could have been Brett Baty, could have been Fransisco Alvarez, it could have been anyone. But with that kind of offer on the table, the Mets (understandably) went with Dellin Betances.Â
Yankees Fans Should Take Note of This
The Brewers werenâ€™t interested in Edwin Diaz, whom the Mets would probably like to unload after his abysmal 2019. They didnâ€™t go for mediocre players who are, at best, average or over the hill. They didnâ€™t go for guys who could be on the big club but arenâ€™t because there isnâ€™t room. They went for guys who are both A) Highly regarded, and B) Major League Ready.
That merely means offering Miguel Andujar, or Gio Urshela wonâ€™t cut it. And they wonâ€™t take Clint Frazier either because, with an outfield of Yelich, Cain, and former Yankee Ben Gamel, Frazier would downgrade their outfield. JA Happ wouldnâ€™t interest them; theyâ€™d want Devi Garcia to go with the third baseman of their choice. Theyâ€™d also want Johnathan Loaisiga, or Albert Abreu, as well as Estevan Florial, or Clarke Shmidt.Â
The Brewers want a haul for one relief pitcher. Weâ€™re stocked to the gils with talent, and trading for a player shouldn’t require giving it all up. The Yankees realistically don’t need Hader. His effectiveness may plummet due to the fact heâ€™s a National League pitcher, and his capabilities wonâ€™t fool American League hitters as much.Â
If the Yankees need Hader, wait until mid-March to pull this trade. Striking when the value of a player is low makes more sense than giving up the farm for a relief arm that’s not a necessity. This only portrays the desperation of oner, Hal Steinbrenner.