Hey, how about a random Saturday night baseball trade?
RHP Chase Anderson, INF Aaron Hill, SS Isan Diaz & cash have been acquired from Arizona in exchange for SS Jean Segura & RHP Tyler Wagner.
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) January 30, 2016
Arguably, the Brewers just improved for 2016, given that Segura is much worse than you might realize – he’s been worth a total of 0.2 WAR the past two seasons combined, and has posted wRC+ figures of 66 and 62 while playing moderately useful shortstop defense. At this point in his career, he might be a starter (which, on the Diamondbacks, he might not be), and unless the Diamondbacks think they can reclaim him in some way, I’m not sure why they’d pick him up at all (except, well, you know, Diamondbacks).
Anderson, 28, might be a useful pitcher. Hill, 33, is no longer a particularly useful player. Diaz, 19, was a second round draft pick last year, and appears to be a useful prospect.
Given the cash changing hands and Hill’s healthy contract, this appears to be a deal where Arizona wanted to save a little money while picking up a versatile back-up infielder and an interesting young arm, whereas the Brewers get a cost-controlled older starter and an interesting young prospect. I guess it makes sense for each side, though I’m not sure the Brewers wouldn’t just have been better off hanging onto Wagner.