Brewers fans slam team over Josh Hader trade statement

Much just like the Josh Hader trade itself, it appears Brewers fans haven’t taken too kindly to the team’s “long-winded” clarification of the transfer.

On Monday, Milwaukee dealt Hader to the San Diego Padres in change for nearer Taylor Rogers, pitcher Dinelson Lamet, outfield prospect Esteury Ruiz and pitching prospect Robert Gasser. The transfer was not well-received by the Brewers’ fanbase, who swiftly voiced their disapproval on social media.

Moments after the acquisition was made public, David Stearns, the Brewers’ President of Baseball Operations, issued a prolonged statement that elaborated on the team’s decision-making.

Josh Hader throws a pitch throughout a Brewers recreation in opposition to the Twins on July 26, 2022.
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“The players we are receiving in this trade help ensure that the future of the Milwaukee Brewers remains bright while not compromising our desire and expectation to win today. This mix of present Major League talent and high-level prospects furthers our aim to get as many bites of the apple as possible and, ultimately, to bring a World Series to Milwaukee,” the statement learn.

“Trading good players on good teams is difficult, and that certainly is the case with Josh. We also recognize that to give our organization the best chance for sustained competitiveness, to avoid the extended down periods that so many organizations experience, we must make decisions that are not easy,” the message concluded.

Fans on Twitter instantly ridiculed Stearns’ statement

Josh Hader, here on July 12, 2022, is now headed to the Padres.
Josh Hader, right here on July 12, 2022, is now headed to the Padres.
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“Long winded way to say we’d like to be good enough to sell tickets for years to come but never really be a contender,” one person tweeted, whereas one other fan wrote, “If you have to release a statement after you make a trade you probably made a really bad trade.”

The Brewers’ determination to trade Hader comes as a little bit of a shock, given the membership is sitting atop the NL Central with a three-game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Though the 28-year-old Hader has considerably struggled as of late, he nonetheless ranks among the many greatest aid pitchers in MLB and boasts whiff and strikeout charges within the 98th percentile.

The strong-tossing lefty nonetheless has a year and a half left on his contract and received’t hit the free company till 2023.

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