Josh Hader

RP · Houston Astros

Bats L Throws L
Height 6'3" Weight 185
DOB 1994-04-07 Age 29.8
Hometown Millersville, MD
2024 Fantasy Rankings

NFBC ADP (15-team): 4.06, 51st

Season Projections

THE BAT$136059.03231028626408323223.281.11

ATC projections by Ariel Cohen. Steamer projections by Steamer Projections Blog. THE BAT projections by Derek Carty. Zeile Consensus projections by FantasyPros.

Fantasy Baseball News Last 90 Days

  • Astros Notes: Verlander, France, Framber, Bullpen

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    Astros camp kicked off last week with the revelation that right-handers Justin Verlander and J.P. France were both slightly behind schedule due to shoulder troubles. Both, however, have been progressing nicely over the past week-plus. Verlander tossed a bullpen session today, after which manager Joe Espada told reporters he’s “encouraged” with his ace’s progression from…

    Feb 22 · MLB Trade Rumors Closers Houston Astros Bryan Abreu J.P. France Josh Hader Ryan Pressly Framber Valdez Justin Verlander
  • Josh Hader To Close, Ryan Pressly To Serve In Setup Role

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    Houston Astros manager Joe Espada said that left-hander Josh Hader would be the team's closer in 2024, with right-hander Ryan Pressly serving in a late-inning setup role. "Hader will pitch the ninth inning if both guys are available," Espada said. It's no surprise that Hader will be Houston's closer after they signed him to a five-year, $95 million deal in free agency this winter, but it's now official. The 29-year-old hard-throwing left-hander is one of the most dominant late-inning relievers in the game and is now joining a strong Astros club that should give him plenty of save opportunities. Pressly will still likely pick up an occasional save or two, but his fantasy value is going to take a big hit with a permanent move to a setup role in front of Hader. With the San Diego Padres last year, Hader had a 1.28 ERA, 85 strikeouts and 33 saves in 56 1/3 innings.

    Feb 14 · Source via Closers Houston Astros Josh Hader Ryan Pressly
  • Astros Manager Won't Name Closer Between Ryan Pressly, Josh Hader

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    Houston Astros manager Joe Espada would not name a closer when reporters asked him over the weekend at the team's FanFest. This is notable as the Astros just signed closer Josh Hader to a record-breaking contract. Ryan Pressly, who locked down 31 saves for Houston last season, was the clear incumbent before the Hader signing. Conventional wisdom says that Hader will eventually be given the job given his pedigree and contract situation. The 29-year-old southpaw finished the 2023 season with a 1.28 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, and 85:30 K/BB ratio to go along with 33 saves over 56 1/3 innings with the Padres. Pressly could shift into a setup role once Hader established himself so he should still hold fantasy value in NSVH leagues.

    Jan 21 · Source via Closers Houston Astros Josh Hader Ryan Pressly
  • Astros, Josh Hader Agree To Five-Year Contract

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    The Astros and left-hander Josh Hader are reportedly in agreement on a five-year, $95MM contract. The deal has no deferrals, which makes it the largest contract ever given to a relief pitcher in terms of present-day value. Edwin Díaz signed a $102MM deal with the Mets prior to last season, setting a new benchmark for…

    Jan 20 · MLB Trade Rumors Closers Houston Astros Josh Hader
  • Josh Hader Signs Megadeal With Astros

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    The Houston Astros have signed Josh Hader to a historic five-year, $95 million contract. While the total sum does not surpass the five-year, $102 million deal Edwin Diaz netted from the Mets prior to the 2023 season, it is the largest present-day value contract for a reliever in MLB history as it does not contain referrals. It had been reported recently that the Astros were making a strong push for Hader and they have now landed the best free-agent relief pitcher available. The left-hander struggled in the 2022 season but delivered an eye-popping 1.28 ERA and 36.8 K%, albeit alongside a 13% BB%, across 61 appearances for the Padres in 2023, locking down 33 saves in the process. The 29-year-old owns a career 2.50 ERA across 349 career appearances, posting a 42.2% K% and 32% K-BB% along with 165 saves in that time.

    Jan 19 · Source via Closers Houston Astros Josh Hader
  • Josh Hader Seeking Record-Breaking Deal For A Reliever

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    The consensus in the industry is that left-handed closer Josh Hader wants to exceed the five-year, $102 million deal the New York Mets gave Edwin Diaz in November of 2022, even though Hader is entering his age-30 season and is a year older than Diaz was. But Hader has better numbers with a 2.50 career ERA and a 42.2 percent career strikeout rate. Hader also had a lower ERA in his platform season (1.28), even with a career-high 13 percent walk rate. Diaz was coming off a season in which he recorded the second-highest rate of strikeouts per nine innings in major-league history when he signed his deal. His contract also includes $26.5 million in deferrals. It means that Hader and his agent, Jeff Barry, don't need to exceed the $102 million to say they beat Diaz for the richest contract for a reliever.

    Jan 8 · Source via Closers Josh Hader
  • Rangers Still Interested In Josh Hader, Jordan Montgomery

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    The Texas Rangers are making progress on a local TV deal this offseason and now seem likely to be back in play to re-sign left-hander Jordan Montgomery and make a run at free-agent lefty closer Josh Hader. The Philadelphia Phillies and Los Angeles Angels are possibilities for Montgomery if he doesn't return to the World Series champions. Hader, meanwhile, has been connected more to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Montgomery has also been linked to the New York Yankees, where he spent the first six years of his career. The 31-year-old was a huge midseason acquisition for Texas in 2023, as he had a strong 2.79 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in 11 regular season starts for the Rangers late in the year. Hader would immediately become Texas' primary closer as one of the most dominant left-handed arms in all of baseball.

    Jan 5 · Source via Closers Texas Rangers Josh Hader Jordan Montgomery
  • Rangers, Yankees, Dodgers Interested In Josh Hader

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    The Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Dodgers, and New York Yankees are among the clubs interested in free agent reliever Josh Hader. However, it was reported that all three clubs prefer to ink a starting pitcher prior to signing a reliever. Hader is looking to exceed the five-year, $102 million contract fellow reliever Edwin Diaz signed with the New York Mets but it seems no club has been willing to pony up to that dollar figure at this time. The left-hander bounced back in a big way in 2023, posting an elite 1.28 ERA across 61 outings with the Padres, locking down 33 saves in the process. His walk rate elevated to 13% but he also punched out 36.8% of the hitters he faced a season ago. Fantasy managers would be wise to be high on one of the best relievers in baseball heading into the 2024 season.

    Dec 29 · Source via Closers Texas Rangers New York Yankees Los Angeles Dodgers Josh Hader
  • Dodgers Reportedly Targeting Josh Hader

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    Despite recently making a massive signing of two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani (elbow), the Los Angeles Dodgers are reportedly targeting top free-agent closer Josh Hader, per Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci. The salary deferrals in Ohtani's contract may allow the Dodgers to bring in one or several top-tier additional players. Hader had an excellent bounce-back 2023 season with the Padres, converting 33 of 38 save opportunities with a 1.28 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and 36.8% strikeout rate. While Evan Phillips pitched well as the team's closer last season with 24 saves and a 2.05 ERA, he was not always employed as a true closer, as Brusdar Graterol had seven saves. Hader will be a top fantasy option regardless of where he signs and it seems likely that he will eventually sign with a competitive team.

    Dec 13 · Source via Closers Los Angeles Dodgers Josh Hader
    2024 ATC$146059.03334028626427322203.081.16
    2024 Steamer$126363.04331028928468325233.331.17
    2024 THE BAT$136059.03231028626408323223.281.11
    2024 Zeile$136260.0323312872642000213.151.13

    Historic stats obtained free of charge from and are copyrighted by Retrosheet. ATC projections by Ariel Cohen. Steamer projections by Steamer Projections Blog. THE BAT projections by Derek Carty. Zeile Consensus projections by FantasyPros.

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