Aaron Hill Traded to Brewers in 5-Player Trade

Adam WellsFeatured Columnist

Aug 27, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Aaron Hill against the St. Louis Cardinals at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Diamondbacks made another deal on Saturday, sending Aaron Hill, pitcher Chase Anderson, shortstop Isan Diaz and cash to the Milwaukee Brewers for shortstop Jean Segura and pitcher Tyler Wagner as the Brewers announced.

One problem the Diamondbacks seemed to have trying to deal Hill was money and the volume of middle infielders available on the market. 

However, in recent days the middle-infield market got smaller when Howie Kendrick re-signed with the Dodgers, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

Another issue that the Diamondbacks had to figure out was Hill's salary. He's due to make $12 million in the final year of his three-year, $35 million deal signed in 2013, per Spotrac

Arizona's front office seemed to take care of that issue by sending money to Milwaukee in the deal announced by the team. It doesn't specify how much money is exchanging hands, but the Brewers shouldn't be taking on much additional salary. 

The 33-year-old Hill is being paid like a star, but his on-base percentage has been under .300 the past two seasons and his slugging percentage has gone from .522 in 2012 to .345 in 2015. The Diamondbacks will presumably have to pay a lot of the money he's owed in order to make a deal happen. 

As Matthew Trueblood of Baseball Prospectus said, Hill is dead money right now and "modest salary relief" would be the biggest victory Arizona can hope for. 

Arizona's situation at second base is a mess right now. In addition to Hill's struggles, Chris Owings was a disappointment with a .587 OPS in 147 games last season. Bringing Segura in at least gives the Diamondbacks defensive help, with FanGraphs crediting him with positive defensive runs saved totals in 2013 and 2014. 

The Diamondbacks have made a lot of big moves to upgrade their pitching staff this offseason, signing Zack Greinke and trading for Shelby Miller, but they still have offensive holes to plug that were not helped by this deal. 

Hill should be given an opportunity to play every day in Milwaukee, where the Brewers current starting second baseman Scooter Gennett hit just .264/.294/.381 in 114 games.

It's not a perfect situation for the Brewers to have heading into the season, but this is a rebuilding franchise that can take on an aging veteran in the final year of his deal hoping to catch lightning in a bottle.