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Giants acquire Kevin Pillar from Blue Jays

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The San Francisco Giants have acquired outfielder Kevin Pillar in exchange infielder Alen Hanson, righty Derek Law and righty Juan De Paula.

Pillar has spent his entire seven-season career in Toronto. He’s a defense-first center fielder with some occasional pop. For his career he’s a .260/.297/.396 hitter (86 OPS+) but he can steal you some bases. His calling card, obviously, is outstanding defense in center, though he may have lost a step in the past couple of years. He had a lot of steps to lose, of course, so he’s still an excellent defender.

Hanson is a utility guy who has covered second, short, third and all three outfield positions. He has yet to see action this year. Last year he hit .252/.274/.425 in 310 plate appearances.

Law has pitched in 109 games, all in relief, over three seasons. He has a 3.83 ERA and has a K/BB ratio of 97/31 in 105.2 innings.

De Paula, 21, has yet to pitch above A-ball. The Jays will be his fourth organization since 2015.

Brewers sign Freddy Peralta to a multi-year deal

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a five-year $15.5 million deal with pitcher Freddy Peralta. There are two club options as well, which would nearly double the overall value of the contract if exercised.

Peralta, who turns 24 in June, has amazing stuff. He has struggled so far, having posted a 4.79 ERA in 163.1 major league innings across two seasons, but people who follow him closely believe that he’s primed for a breakthrough. For now he’s a reliever — he’ll likely be a multi-inning fireman for the 2020 season — but he has was mostly a starter in his rookie year before assuming swingman duties last season. He could become one again if things break right in his development. Sort of a Brandon Woodruff track.

If that happens the Brewers will, quite obviously, have a bargain on their hands. If not, at least Peralta has some security on his.