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Brewers trade Aguilar & Dubon, add pitching at deadline

July 31, 2019 - 3:49 pm
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The Milwaukee Brewers and President of Baseball Operations/General Manager David Stearns kept busy on MLB trade deadline day, agreeing to three trades with the Tampa Bay Rays, San Francisco Giants and Minnesota Twins. The moves follow Monday's acquistion of RHP Jordan Lyles from the Pirates for minor-league RHP Cody Ponce.

Trade 1: Brewers & Rays

Brewers get: RHP Jake Faria

Rays get: 1B Jesus Aguilar

Trade 2: Brewers & Giants

Brewers get: LHP Drew Pomeranz, RHP Ray Black

Giants get: SS/2B Mauricio Dubon (No. 3 MIL prospect)

Trade 3: Brewers & Twins

Brewers get: Cash considerations

Twins get: RHP Marcos Diplan (No. 21 MIL prospect, was designated for assignment to clear a 40-man roster spot for Jordan Lyles on Monday)

The Newcomers

Drew Pomeranz was a 2016 All-Star as a starter with the Padres. He has primarily been a starter in his career, but has found success in the bullpen -- especially as of late. In his career, he has a 4.26 ERA in 139 starts and a 2.83 ERA in 78 relief appearances. This season, he had a 6.10 starter ERA. In four relief appearances this season, he is yet to allow a run and has surrendered just one hit and one walk while striking out eight. A bet on a hot arm? Perhaps.

Jake Faria came into the Majors as a starter in 2017, going 5-4 with a 3.42 ERA in 14 starts. He found less success in 2018, posting a 5.57 ERA in 12 starts. He has worked out of the bullpen exclusively for the Rays this season -- a 2.70 ERA in seven appearances. He has been on a tear between Triple-A and the big leagues: a 1.93 ERA in his last 42 innings spanning 24 games. He also offers four years of team control.

Ray Black has been plagued by injury throughout his career. Undergoing Tommy John surgery as a high schooler, he later suffered through a torn right shoulder labrum after being drafted by the Giants in 2011. The 29-year-old didn't make his MLB debut until last season, and has a career 6.04 ERA in 28 big-league appearances. 

The Farewells

Aguilar had been trending toward his 2018 All-Star form as of late. In the month of July he recorded a .921 OPS -- third on the team behind Christian Yelich and Keston Hiura among players with at least 40 at bats. Despite the recent uptick in offensive production, Aguilar could not find his way back into the first-base rotation; lefties Travis Shaw and Eric Thames seemingly monopolized that lineup spot as of late. He hit .225 on the season with eight home runs and 34 RBI. 

Dubon made his big-league debut this season, a pair of off-the-bench appearances, becoming the first Honduran-born player to reach the Major Leagues. He did not record a hit. The 25-year-old was a career .299 hitter as a member of the Brewers' and Red Sox's farm systems. He had a hot 2018 season in Triple-A Colorado Springs hitting .343 (his best minor-league season) but has slipped to a .297 average this season with Triple-A San Antonio.

Diplan, acquired by the Brewers as a prospect in the 2015 Yovani Gallardo trade to the Rangers, never reached the big leagues. The 22-year-old righty has talent, but struggles with mechanics, and has a 3.87 ERA in the minors. This season with Double-A Biloxi, he's struggled to a 4.99 ERA in 30 appearances (five starts); it's a