Major League Baseball’s leading sources, including ESPN’s Jeff Bankruptcy and “MLB.com “‘s Mark Finsand, reported on the 20th (Korean time) that closer Josh Hader agreed to a five-year, $95 million contract with the Houston Astros.헤라카지노도메인

Hader once played for Houston between 2013 and 2014. He was named the Houston Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2014. Hader has returned to his old team.

According to Finesand, “Hader is paid $19 million per season on contracts without opt-outs or club options.”

Currently, the highest bullpen pitcher was Edwin Diaz’s five-year, $102 million contract with the New York Mets in November 2022. Hader has wanted a Diaz-class contract. Hader is less than Diaz’s total contract, but he has become the largest contract at present value.

Diaz will pay $26.5 million out of the $102 million contract amount in 10-year installments from 2033 to 2042. “The $95 million contract signed a $102 million contract, but it became the highest contract ever seen with substantial value that exceeds Diaz, who signed the Defer contract,” said Finesand.

Hader was one of the biggest players in the free agent (FA) market this year. Notably, none of the players who had finished pitching were close to Hader’s value.

Hader was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 19th round of the 2012 MLB Rookie Draft, and traded to the Houston Astros in July 2013. After playing for two years, he moved to Milwaukee Brewers in 2015. Hader, who has played for Milwaukee since 2017, has become a synonymous closing pitcher for left-handed fireballers. In all 349 games in seven seasons, he pitched 388 ⅔s in relief, recording 20 wins, 21 losses, 165 saves, and 39 holds with a 2.50 WHIP 0.94 strikeout and 648 earned runs. He was selected as an All-Star five times and received the Trevor Hoffman Award, which is given to the best finisher in the National League, three times.

Hader, who was traded to San Diego in August 2022, won, lost, 33 saves, and had a 1.28 strikeout and 85 ERA in 61 ⅓ (56 innings) last year.

San Diego, its original team, has already departed from Hader early on as it enters a tight fiscal mode. Instead, it recruited Yuki Matsui, a Japanese closer, and Ko Woo-suk, a Korean closer, to find alternatives in the Asian market.

Hader has drawn attention from many teams. Dodgers was emerging as a leader in Hader contract after making wide strides by recruiting Shohei Ohtani and Yoshinobu Yamamoto. However, there was no progress in negotiations.

Houston has been penetrating this gap. Veteran bullpen pitcher Kendall Graveman recently underwent shoulder surgery and needed reinforcement of the back door. MLB.com said, “The Houston bullpen broke away last year when Hector Neris, Phil Mayton, and Line Stanek, who pitched 185 innings, became a free agent. With Hader’s joining, we have formed a strong back door along with Ryan Pressley, who has made 90 saves over the past three years, and Brian Abreu, an overwhelming sec-up man.”

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