The Arizona Diamondbacks have been very active this Winter, and so have the Milwaukee Brewers. The Diamondbacks and the Brewers hooked up on a trade in 2014, so why not do another one two years later?
That’s exactly what happened.
The Diamondbacks have been looking to add to their lineup since signing big name pitcher Zack Greinke, and trading for Jean Segura, the former 2013 all-star will give them a lead off guy that can play either shortstop or second base.
“We felt there was a need to do” this trade, Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart said on a conference call.
Segura slashed .257/281/.336 with 6 home runs and 50 runs batted in over the course of 142 games for the Brewers in 2015.
The Diamondbacks will also acquire Tyler Wagner in this deal. Wagner, who is a right-handed pitcher, was ranked among the Brewers top 30 prospects prior to the trade. Wagner made his Major League debut versus the Diamondbacks, and in three starts in 2015 in MLB, Wagner went 0-2 with a 7.24 earned run average over 13.2 innings.
The Brewers received veteran second baseman Aaron Hill and 28-year-old right-hander Chase Anderson. A 19-year-older named Isan Diaz is listed as a 2B/SS. He enters the Brewers farm system as the team’s 15th best prospect. Diaz hit .360 with 13 home runs, 51 runs batted in at the rookie level of the Minors. He was the Pioneer League’s most valuable player.
Hill, who slashed .230/.295/.345 with 6 home runs and 39 RBI in 116 games for the Diamondbacks is expected to see significant playing time at second base in 2016 for the Brewers. Chase Anderson posted a 4.30 earned run average with a 6-6 win-loss record and 111 strikeouts over 152.2 innings of work.
“In Chase Anderson and Aaron Hill, we are adding two proven major league contributors who will impact our team this year,” Brewers general manager David Stearns said in a statement released to the public.
“Chase is a young starting pitcher who has already enjoyed success at the major league level. Aaron has a long history of production and positional versatility,” Stearns said. “In addition, we are excited to be able to add Isan Diaz to our growing supply of high upside minor league talent.”
The move helps the Brewers youth movement and the rebuilding of their farm system. For the Diamondbacks, this helps them get in position to contend for the National League West crown.
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