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Josh Hader loses to Brewers in arbitration, will make $4.1M in 2020

All-Star closer Josh Hader lost his salary arbitration case against the Milwaukee Brewers dropping players to 1-6 in hearings this year.

Hader will earn $4.1 million rather than his $6.4 million request.

Arbitrators Mark Burstein, Dan Brent and Fredric Horowitz made the decision Friday, a day after hearing arguments.

A shaggy-haired left-hander who turns 26 in April, Hader had 37 saves in 44 chances and went 3-5 with a 2.62 ERA in his second straight All-Star season. He failed to hold a 3-1 lead in the eighth inning of the National League wild-card game, loading the bases by hitting one batter, walking another and allowing a bloop single, and then giving up a two-out, bases-loaded single to Washington's Juan Soto that scored three runs. The Nationals won 4-3 and went on to their first World Series title.

After making $687,600 last year, Hader just made the arbitration eligibility cutoff with 2 years, 115 days of major league service.

Alec Ausmus

Sports reporter

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