The Padres have been performing extremely well this season despite a lack of power in the lineup and several top players joining the injured list, including Fernando Tatis Jr., Manny Machado and Jurickson Profar.
However, there are several areas they needed to improve. The outfield has seemed to be a priority since the beginning of the season. First base was an area of concern with Eric Hosmer underperforming this season.
Their starting pitchers held the team together, but without them, the Padres likely would’ve been in a much worse spot this season. San Diego seemingly focused on those for the trade deadline.
Here is every Padres trade made by the deadline graded.
Acquiring Closer Josh Hader, B+
Closer Josh Hader was traded from the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday for Taylor Rogers, Dinelson Lamet, Robert Gasser and Esteury Ruiz. He was the first trade for the Padres this season.
The Padres have quite a few good starting pitchers, including Joe Musgrove, Yu Darvish and Mike Clevinger. Their closers, however, aren’t as good. Rogers was one of their best closing pitchers this season, but Hader has a history that shows much more potential than Rogers.
Hader carries an ERA of 4.24, batting average against of .203 and WHIP of 1.12 this season. This is the first season of his career his WHIP has been above 1.00. He may not be having his best season, but he can potentially do a lot for the Padres. Milwaukee fans certainly aren’t happy to lose him.