Brewers striker Devin Williams is shocked: the team traded for Josh Hader

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Milwaukee Brewers are in first place, so surely they won’t trade their dominance any closer, right?

Well, that’s exactly what they did. Brewers Cent Josh Hader in the San Diego Padres in a stunning deal Monday, acquiring LHP Taylor Rogers, RHP Dinelson Lamet and two others.

The Brewers hit the trade deadline despite the loss of Hader, but Devin Williams, who may now close in Milwaukee (if it’s not Rogers), still can’t believe the trade has happened.

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“Honestly, I don’t really have much to say. I dont know”. Williams said.

“I was surprised. He was a huge part of our success…” he added. “Just passing the ball to him was pretty much the right thing to do most of the time.”

Victor Karatini of the Milwaukee Brewers (left) high-fives Josh Hader after their final game against the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati on May 10, 2022.

Victor Karatini of the Milwaukee Brewers (left) high-fives Josh Hader after their final game against the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati on May 10, 2022.
(AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

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Hader has been in trouble lately, but was named to his fourth consecutive All-Star Game in July (there was no summer classic in 2020).

If Williams closes out, the Brewers will be in good hands. He owns a career 1.94 ERA, struck out 14.7 batters in nine innings, and was named an All-Star for the first time this year.

But it will be difficult to replace Hader.

Josh Hader of the Milwaukee Brewers prepares for a game against the San Diego Padres at American Family Field on June 5, 2022 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Josh Hader of the Milwaukee Brewers prepares for a game against the San Diego Padres at American Family Field on June 5, 2022 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
(John Fisher/Getty Images)

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Since 2018, his 473 strikeouts and 15.8 K/9 are the best by any pitcher, while his 2.55 ERA is the third highest.