3. The Padres beat the Dodgers to the punch for Josh Hader.
Did the San Diego Padres outwit the Los Angeles Dodgers? Both teams are vying for playoff positioning, and while LA has a sizable lead in the National League West Division, their path through the postseason just got a lot more difficult.
A.J. Preller and Andrew Friedmann are two of the best executives in baseball, but Preller seems to have gotten the better of Friedmann this go-around. Both teams have stacked farm systems, so it’s not as if the Dodgers didn’t have the horses available to get a deal done for Josh Hader.
Craig Kimbrel is the Dodgers closer, but that cannot be very reassuring for Dave Roberts and company. The right-hander is carrying an ERA above 4.00 and a 1.500 WHIP. That’s not necessarily the pitcher you want to turn to when the game is on the line in the playoffs.
The Dodgers and Padres know each other very well, and we should all expect Freidmann to counteract this move with one of his won before the clock strikes 6 PM ET on Tuesday’s trade deadline. But, for the moment, the San Diego Padres pulled a fast one on the Los Angeles Dodgers.