Brewers trade Jean Segura in five-player swap with Diamondbacks

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ESPN’s Keith Law broke the news, which has since been confirmed: the Brewers have sent shortstop Jean Segura and pitcher Tyler Wagner to the Diamondbacks in exchange for pitcher Chase Anderson, second baseman Aaron Hill, and young minor league infielder Isan Diaz.

Brewers GM David Stearns said of the trade, “In Chase Anderson and Aaron Hill, we are adding two proven Major League contributors who will impact our team this year.”

The rebuilding Brewers cut ties with Jean Segura, who will earn $2.6 million in his first year of arbitration eligibility. The 25-year-old shortstop was an All-Star in 2013, but has posted underwhelming numbers since, batting an aggregate .252/.285/.331 over 1,141 plate appearances since the beginning of the 2014 season. Jonathan Villar will take over shortstop with Segura out of the picture. Per Tom Haudicourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Stearns confirmed that shortstop prospect Orlando Arcia will start the season with Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Wagner, 25, made his major league debut last season, putting up a 7.24 ERA with five strikeouts and seven walks in 13 2/3 innings spanning three starts. However, his numbers at Double-A Biloxi — where he spent most of his 2015 campaign — were impressive, as he had a 2.25 ERA with 120 strikeouts and 45 walks over 152 1/3 innings.

Anderson, 28, joins the Brewers with the ability to provide some rotation stability for a while, as he won’t be eligible for free agency until after the 2020 season. The right-hander has a career 4.18 ERA in his first two seasons as a big leaguer. While Anderson’s numbers aren’t impressive, he is a decent bet to hit six innings most of the time he starts.

Hill, 33, finally gets a new address as the Diamondbacks had been trying to move him throughout the offseason. The veteran second baseman has battled injuries in his 30’s, limiting him to a meager .238/.290/.359 batting line with 16 home runs and 99 RBI in 894 plate appearances over the last two seasons. He’ll earn $12 million this season before hitting free agency, some of which will be covered by the D-Backs. Hill will likely platoon at second base with Scooter Gennett.

Diaz, 19, was selected by the Diamondbacks in the second round of the 2014 draft out of Springfield Central High School in Massachusetts. In 312 plate appearances in rookie ball last season, he hit .360/.436/.640. Diaz is a long way from the majors, but he makes for a nice lottery ticket for the Brewers.

RHP Fairbanks, Rays agree to 3-year, $12 million contract

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Reliever Pete Fairbanks and the Tampa Bay Rays avoided arbitration when they agreed Friday to a three-year, $12 million contract that could be worth up to $24.6 million over four seasons.

The deal includes salaries of $3,666,666 this year and $3,666,667 in each of the next two seasons. The Rays have a $7 million option for 2026 with a $1 million buyout.

His 2024 and 2025 salaries could increase by $300,000 each based on games finished in the previous season: $150,000 each for 35 and 40.

Tampa Bay’s option price could increase by up to $6 million, including $4 million for appearances: $1 million each for 60 and 70 in 2025; $500,000 for 125 from 2023-25 and $1 million each for 135, 150 and 165 from 2023-25. The option price could increase by $2 million for games finished in 2025: $500,000 each for 25, 30, 35 and 40.

Fairbanks also has a $500,000 award bonus for winning the Hoffman/Rivera reliever of the year award and $200,000 for finishing second or third.

The 29-year-old right-hander is 11-10 with a 2.98 ERA and 15 saves in 111 appearances, with all but two of the outings coming out of the bullpen since being acquired by the Rays from the Texas Rangers in July 2019.

Fairbanks was 0-0 with a 1.13 ERA in 24 appearances last year after beginning the season on the 60-day injured list with a right lat strain.

Fairbanks made his 2022 debut on July 17 and tied for the team lead with eight saves despite being sidelined more than three months. In addition, he is 0-0 with a 3.60 ERA in 12 career postseason appearances, all with Tampa Bay.

He had asked for a raise from $714,400 to $1.9 million when proposed arbitration salaries were exchanged Jan. 13, and the Rays had offered for $1.5 million.

Fairbanks’ agreement was announced two days after left-hander Jeffrey Springs agreed to a $31 million, four-year contract with Tampa Bay that could be worth $65.75 million over five seasons.

Tampa Bay remains scheduled for hearings with right-handers Jason Adam and Ryan Thompson, left-hander Colin Poche, third baseman Yandy Diaz and outfielder Harold Ramirez.