Insider Names Two Frontrunners To Sign Josh Hader This Offseason

MLB insider Jon Morosi has recently identified the Philadelphia Phillies and Texas Rangers as the leading contenders to sign Josh Hader, a highly sought-after free agent closer.

This update follows Hader's impressive performance with the San Diego Padres, where he finished the 2023 season with a 1.28 ERA, 33 saves, and 85 strikeouts over 56.1 innings, demonstrating his prowess as a dominant bullpen arm​.

Hader, a 29-year-old left-hander, is considered one of the best relief pitchers available this winter.

His role as a traditional ninth-inning closer makes him a valuable asset for any team looking to bolster their bullpen.

While Hader's success makes him an attractive option for many teams, his high market value and the additional compensation required to sign him (due to a qualifying offer extended by the Padres) may influence the final decision of interested parties.

MLB Trade Rumors predicts that Hader could command a massive six-year contract worth approximately $110 million, with a likelihood of signing with a team like the Texas Rangers​.

The Phillies, in particular, are seen as a strong candidate for Hader. Acquiring him could significantly improve their bullpen, potentially making it one of the best in the league in 2024.

However, the Phillies also have to consider their need to allocate resources to strengthen their starting rotation, which might affect their ability to compete for Hader's signing.

On the other hand, the Texas Rangers are also positioned as a strong contender, presenting an opportunity for Hader to join a team with back-to-back World Series aspirations.

In summary, the pursuit of Josh Hader this offseason is shaping up to be a major storyline, with the Philadelphia Phillies and Texas Rangers emerging as the primary frontrunners.

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