MLB Trade Rumors: Josh Hader's Top 5 Potential Landing Spots

December 2, 2019
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It seems fair to say that the 2019 season left a bad taste in the mouth of Milwaukee Brewers' star closer Josh Hader.

After making his second consecutive National League All-Star team in 2019, Hader entered the bottom of the eighth inning of the National League Wild Card Game with a 3-1 lead, attempting to convert a two-inning save and send the Brewers to the NLDS.

Instead, he gave up three runs - two of which were earned - on a single by Juan Soto. He didn't make it to the bottom of the ninth, because there wasn't a bottom of the ninth. The Nationals closed out a comeback victory in the top of the ninth, eliminating the Brewers en route to winning their first World Series title in franchise history.

Though it didn't seem possible at the time, there's at least a chance that his blown save in the National League Wild Card Game will be the final appearance that Hader makes with the Brew Crew. Hader can't become a free agent until after the 2023 season, but there's a case to be made the the 25-year-old's trade value will never be higher. With that in mind, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic says that Hader is "available" via trade this offseason.

Simply because the Brewers are willing to consider trading the two-time National League Reliever of the Year doesn't mean they will. But, here are five teams that would be fits for Hader, in the event they seriously shop him: