Hader heads to Houston



NEWS: Houston signed left-handed reliever Josh Hader to a 5-yr, $95M contract.
BHQ SPIN: We covered the lack of depth in the Astros’ bullpen just last week; they acted to address that by shopping at the top shelf of RP market. Given the financial commitment involved, it seems safe to expect that Hader will assume the primary closer role, shuffling former closer Ryan Pressly into a primary setup role alongside Bryan Abreu

This winter’s top free-agent prize among relievers, Hader bounced back from an erratic 2023 (5.22 ERA) with a vintage 2023 performance (1.28 ERA, 33 Sv for San Diego). From a skills perspective, though, his recent trend has been one of gradual decline, with his BPX sliding from...


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