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Yankees: Will Josh Hader wind up in the Bronx?

With Dellin Betances now with the Mets, should the Yankees turn their attention to this prized reliever to further their already-dominant bullpen?

On Christmas Eve, the Yankee faithful received a devastating blow with former all-star reliever Dellin Betances jumped Burroughs from the Bronx to Queens, signing a one-year pact with the New York Mets. Betances, a fan favorite of many, will be a tough guy to replace in the Yankees’ bullpen, which now flaunts a hole that the Bombers should be interested in filling. The Yanks did have interest in former Athletics’ reliever Blake Treinen, but with him signing a deal to go to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the free-agent reliever market is relatively barren. However, there is one arm on the trade market that would fill the whole Betances leaves behind and then some: Milwaukee Brewers’ closer Josh Hader.

The Stats Tell the Story

Since debuting in 2017, Josh Hader has 204.2 innings to his credit, spotting a 2.42 ERA and striking out 349 batters. Yes, Hader is absolutely disgusting. With an electric fastball and a wipeout slider, Hader has established himself as arguably the best reliever in the sport. Opponents, in their career, are hitting just .146 against the lefty. His walks per nine innings have shown vast improvements over the years, too, starting at 4.15 walks per nine innings in 2017, dropping to 3.32 in 2018 and falling even further to 2.38 in 2019.

What Would the Yankees Give?

Something as good as Hader doesn’t come cheap, folks. Take the stats mentioned and pair it with the fact Hader has four years(!!!) of team control to his name and you got a price tag that matches the sun, moon, and stars. It’s rumored that the third baseman Miguel Andujar could be the centerpiece of a potential deal, and with big names like Deivi Garcia, Estevan Florial, Luis Gil, Clarke Schmidt, and Clint Frazier all potential pieces as well, the Yankees have the guys to get a Hader trade done.

There’s no doubt a deal is gonna hurt, and that’s what the Brewers need to ensure if they deal a guy like Hader with as much team control as he has. With that being said, the Yankees could piece a trade together for the lefty. The Yankees’ farm system isn’t nearly as good as it was a few years ago, but there are certainly some exciting pieces the Yankees could surrender, not even including prized young phenom Jasson Dominguez.

Should the Yanks Pull the Trigger?

As I said, a deal is going to hurt the farm, but there’s no doubt that the addition of Hader sends a bullet to the heart of every contender across baseball. The Bombers, who are already World Series favorites after signing Gerrit Cole, would absolutely skyrocket far ahead of the next closest competition. At this point, the Yankees are all-in on winning a championship, so it’s very easy to picture the Pinstripers throwing all caution to the wind and making one last move to shoot their potential of a championship into the stratosphere.

The Yankees have an interest in Hader, and although a deal seems far away at the moment, don’t be surprised if the Yanks make one more big splash to add to their already stacked squad.

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