The San Diego Padres are not content to merely make the playoffs, they want to win it all. The team took a bold step in that direction Monday, acquiring star closer Josh Hader from the Milwaukee Brewers.
Hader, 28, has been one of the league's best relievers since making his debut in 2017. He was off to a dominant start in 2022, not allowing a run until June. Hader has struggled of late, posting a 12.54 ERA over 11 July appearances. He has a 4.24 ERA on the season.
Hader's recent struggles are likely a tiny blip on what has otherwise been a dominant career. Hader has a 2.48 ERA and 541 strikeouts over 316 1/3 career innings in the majors. He's made the All-Star team four times, including 2022.
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