We’ve covered the Yovani Gallardo deal and the Mike Fiers/Carlos Gomez trade in depth, but what about Jean Segura? What happened to the players the Milwaukee Brewers acquired when they dealt their All-Star shortstop to Arizona?
On February 1st, 2016 the Milwaukee Brewers sent Jean Segura and right-hander Tyler Wagner to the D-Backs for Chase Anderson, Aaron Hill, prospect Isan Diaz, and $6.5 million.
Segura & Wagner To The D-Backs
Segura bounced back in a big way for the D-Backs with a 20-homer/30-steal season in 2016. He did so well that Arizona decided to sell high and flip Segura to Seattle for Taijuan Walker. Segura has continued to hit well for the Mariners, while Walker has struggled through an uneven first season in the desert.
Wagner made a few starts for the D-backs, but was placed on waivers and claimed by the Rangers last year. He’s had a rough ride at Triple-A in the Pacific Coast League this season.
Anderson, Hill, & Diaz To The Brewers
In exchange for Segura, the Milwaukee Brewers added current rotation member and sometimes ace, Chase Anderson. After suffering through a really up and down season in his first year with the Brew Crew, Anderson has settled in well for 2017.
He’s increased his K/9 from 6.5 in 2015 to 8.5 in 2017. With the boost in K’s, his ERA went down to 3.30 and his WHIP lowered to 1.26. It’s clear that Anderson is capable starting pitcher who would be a solid #3 or #4 starter on a playoff team.
Aaron Hill is a true baseball nomad who is presently on his fourth team in three years. He played well enough in his half season with the Brewers in 2016 to get traded at the deadline. Hill slashed .283/.359/.421 before heading to Boston for Wendell Rijo and Aaron Wilkerson.
Isan Diaz may be the best part of the return for Segura. He’s a real prospect who is currently working his way through the Brewers system, and he may arrive in Milwaukee sometime in 2019.
Segura had struggled through back-to-back seasons with the Brewers, and it’s really a wonder that GM David Stearns was able to get a few intriguing pieces in return for him. Anderson has worked out and appears to be in the long term plans. Diaz may be pushing Orlando Arcia for playing time in the near future. This was a solid deal for the Brewers, and it could pay dividends for years to come.