The New York Yankess have contacted the Milwaukee Brewers about All-Star closer Josh Hader, according to Jon Heyman.
Yankees have talked to Brewers about Hader but no belief there’s any traction at all there yet. Yanks have checked in on Clevinger, too, but no belief anything’s close there either. There’s still tomorrow but there appears to be big gaps in talks for those two, at least.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) August 31, 2020
Twins like their rotation of Maeda, Berrios, Odorizzi, Hill, Pineda and Dobnak so aren’t desperate for a starter. While they checked in on Hader and like him, there’s nothing serious happening there yet. General consensus is: Brewers would need to be bowled over to move JH.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) August 31, 2020
Heyman states in his tweet that there’s no traction in the talks. The Yankees are also checking on Cleveland Indians starter Mike Clevinger. Meanwhile, the Twins hope to improve their pen while their rotation is pretty reliable.
Hader is the top reliever prize of the trade deadline, but the Brewers reportedly aren’t inclined to trade him and are asking for a big return. The Yankees certainly has the farm system to do it, despite ranking 18th in Baseball America’s top-30 farm systems. They also have controllable young talent that could help the Brewers’ roster now. Heyman notes that the talks could still progress before tomorrow’s deadline.
Minnesota has the 11th best farm system in baseball according to Baseball America. They only have three in the top 100, but all three are 47th or higher. They could absolutely put the pieces together to afford Hader.