The Brewers announced on Thursday evening that the club sent 3B/2B Aaron Hill to the Red Sox in exchange for minor league pitcher Aaron Wilkerson and second baseman Wendell Rijo.
Hill, 34, is having a quality season after two subpar years in 2014 and ’15. He’s batting .283/.359/.421 with eight home runs and 29 RBI in 292 plate appearances, getting a majority of his playing time against left-handed pitching.
Wilkerson, 27, has split the year between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket, compiling an aggregate 2.14 ERA with a 102/25 K/BB ratio in 92 1/3 innings spanning 16 starts and one relief appearance.
Rijo, 20, has spent most of the year with Portland, batting a paltry .186/.245/.266 in 194 plate appearances.
The Diamondbacks are still trying to trade second baseman Aaron Hill, but they’re having trouble as the free agent market still offers some better options including Howie Kendrick, Jimmy Rollins, and Ian Desmond, as Jon Heyman noted on Twitter.
Hill, 34 in March, will earn $12 million this season in the final year of his three-year contract with the D-Backs. He hit a meager .230/.295/.345 with six home runs and 39 RBI in 353 plate appearances last season, the second season in a row in which he was hampered by injuries and posted subpar numbers. The D-Backs wouldn’t expect much in return, even if they cover most or all of his remaining salary.
Moving Hill would allow the Diamondbacks to pursue an upgrade at second base, potentially one of the three aforementioned free agents. Kendrick and Desmond both turned down qualifying offers, so the club would have to forfeit an unprotected first round draft pick.
Could we see some last-minute wheeling and dealing prior to Opening Day. According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, three familiar names are available:
We have known about the situation involving Hill, who is a bench player with the Diamondbacks now that they plan to go with Nick Ahmed as their starting shortstop and Chris Owings at second base. Moving him won’t be easy, as he’s owed $12 million for 2015 and 2016. Arizona will almost certainly have to cover a significant part of his contract to get a deal done.
Maybin is part of a logjam of outfielders in San Diego, so something has to give there before the start of the season. The former top prospect is still just 28 years old, but injuries have limited him to just 109 games over the past two seasons. He’s owed $7 million this season and $8 million for 2016 while his contract includes a $9 million club option for 2017. There’s some risk here, but he could be a decent buy-low for someone if the Padres pick up part of the tab.
There’s no urgency for the Phillies to move the 26-year-old Revere, as he’s owed $4.1 million this season and is under team control through 2017, but the club is in rebuild mode right now and plan on playing Rule 5 Draft pick Odubel Herrera in center field. This slides Revere over to left field. While Revere is a .291 career hitter and stole 49 bases last year, he only managed an OPS+ of 93. It makes sense to at least see what’s out there, as he’s going to get pricier as he continues to move through arbitration, but the Phillies could easily revisit the situation as the season moves along.
This is just speculation on my part, but the A’s could be a decent fit for either Maybin or Revere.