It has been a busy Tuesday for the San Diego Padres.
That happens when you strike a deal to bring in one of the youngest stars in MLB for the next two-and-a-half seasons.
The other primary topic of discussion today was Eric Hosmer and his refusal to be part of the deal.
He was, originally, one of the players the Nats were acquiring alongside the prospects.
However, since he has a no-trade clause, he exercised it and refused to go to Washington.
The deal is going to happen with or without him, but he has been the talk of the day, with Soto of course.
It’s easy to forget that less than 24 hours ago, the Padres struck a deal with the Milwaukee Brewers for All-Star closer Josh Hader.
Yes, The Padres Also Have Josh Hader!
Well, yes, now you remember!
Jeff Sanders, who covers the Padres for the San Diego Union-Tribune, joked about that on Twitter.
“Josh Hader is here. Remember him?,” he tweeted.
Josh Hader is here. Remember him?
— Jeff Sanders (@sdutSanders) August 2, 2022
Yes: San Diego’s All-Star closer, the most dominant reliever in the league for the last few years, has reported to the Padres and is ready for his first innings with the team whenever he is needed.
He is expected to take over as the new closer in San Diego, replacing Taylor Rogers, who went to Milwaukee.
Hader’s ERA is a bit elevated this year after a rough stretch recently: 4.24.
However, he owns a career 2.48 mark and is as automatic as they come.
He shouldn’t be flying under the radar, but that happens when you acquire a generational talent like Soto.