Hader signed a one-year, $6.675 million deal with the Brewers on Friday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports. Last year, the two sides could not come to terms and Hader ended up losing his arbitration hearing, settling for $4.1 million. Both sides are likely thankful to avoid such an unpleasant process this time around. He enters the season as the Brewers' clear closer, but trade rumors should linger throughout the offseason.
Hader struck out one across a scoreless ninth inning Saturday as he picked up the save against the Cardinals. Hader had to work hard for his three outs as he needed 21 pitches to get through the ninth but ultimately had no trouble getting his 13th save of the season to pace the National League. Hader's numbers have dipped a bit in 2020 in comparison to recent seasons, but the southpaw still has done very well with a 3.79 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 31:10 K:BB across 19 innings.
Hader had two strikeouts and didn't allow a baserunner during a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Reds. It was vintage form for the left-hander, as he threw 10 of his 13 pitches for strikes and delivered only one non-fastball. Hader has a 4.24 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 28:10 K:BB through 17 innings and is 11-for-13 in save opportunities.
Hader recorded just one out while earning the save against the Royals on Sunday. Milwaukee had a 5-1 lead heading into the ninth, so Hader wasn't expected to get the call. However, after a two-out, two-run homer by Salvador Perez, the 26-year-old lefty came in and shut the game down with just two pitches. He now has 10 saves and a 4.50 ERA this season.
Hader pitched the final frame of Friday's 9-5 victory over the Royals. He served up a home run to lead off the inning but struck out the next three batters he faced. The Brewers held a five-run lead when Hader entered, but because the club needed a win and Hader had not pitched since Monday, manager Craig Counsell still elected to use him in a non-save situation. Hader ultimately sealed the deal, but he also allowed a run for the fourth time in eight outings, and as a result now owns a 4.60 ERA after sitting with a zero in that department as recently as Aug. 28. Setup man Devin Williams has been more effective of late, but given Hader's track record and the fact Williams has never recorded a save at the big-league level, don't expect the bullpen hierarchy to change.