On Monday, the San Diego Padres traded four players to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for All-Star closer Josh Hader.
One of those players is fellow left-hander Taylor Rogers.
Rogers has been traded multiple times as of late, so he is no stranger to switching uniforms.
A very attractive relief piece in his own right, Rogers has saved 28 games for the Padres this season.
Like Hader, his ERA is currently above 4.00 but has shown in the past he can be much, much better than that.
He is currently sporting a 4.35 ERA, but his Fielding Independent Pitching or FIP – a metric that evaluates pitching performance while removing defense from the equation – is two full runs lower than that: 2.35.
“Taylor Rogers has gone from being the closer of the Minnesota #Twins to closer of the San Diego #Padres to the likely setup man for the Milwaukee Brewers in the past four months,” USA Today’s Bob Nightengale tweeted.
Taylor Rogers has gone from being the closer of the Minnesota #Twins to closer of the San Diego #Padres to the likely setup man for the Milwaukee Brewers in the past four months.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) August 1, 2022
He Could Close In Milwaukee, Too
There is even a small chance that the Brewers opt to use him as the closer, too.
However, that remains to be decided, as Devin Williams is another top reliever.
One would argue, however, that Williams may be best served in the “fireman” role, getting the Brewers out of jams when needed, and keeping Rogers in the ninth.
In any case, it’s become evident that the league values Rogers highly when it comes to pitching talent.
He has a solid 3.29 career ERA, so he has been highly successful in the past.
There is absolutely no reason to think he can’t be a star for the rest of the season in the Brewers’ bullpen.NEXT: MLB Analyst Shares Fascinating Josh Hader Trade Fact