From Hades to Hader?
As the Mets search for possibilities to upgrade a bullpen that performed at a hellacious level last season, Josh Hader’s name is among the most intriguing, and team officials are interested, according to an industry source. But the level of that interest remains unclear.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported on Monday that Milwaukee will listen to offers for the fire-balling lefty, a former CAA client of general manager Brodie Van Wagenen’s. Hader, 25, has pitched to a 2.52 ERA over the past two seasons with 281 strikeouts over 157 innings.
The biggest question might be whether the Mets are willing to surrender top young talent for a high-end reliever in a second straight offseason — Tuesday is the one-year anniversary of the blockbuster that brought Edwin Diaz and Robinson Cano to the Mets. In that deal, the Mariners acquired top prospects Jarred Kelenic and Justin Dunn, in addition to Jay Bruce and Anthony Swarzak, along with minor leaguer Gerson Bautista.
But Diaz’s struggles in his first season with the Mets are part of the reason the bullpen has become such a pressing concern for the team. Part of Hader’s intrigue is the fact he is…