Wednesday, July 31, 2019
MLB Trade Review: Rays acquire Aguilar
The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired 1B Jesus Aguilar from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for RHP Jake Faria.
Aguilar was an all-star last year, with 35 home runs. He only has eight this year, and has been terrible. He does have a .298 July batting average, so he could get hot at the right time. The Rays already left handed hitting first basemen in Nate Lowe and former Brewer Ji-Man Choi, but Aguilar is a power bat, hitting right handed. Faria has been a starter in the past, but has been strictly a reliever this year.
Aguilar, 29, has a .225 batting average with eight homers and 34 RBIs in 262 Plate Appearances this year. In his MLB career for the Brewers and Cleveland Indians, Aguilar has a .256 batting average with 59 homers and 199 RBIs in 1203 Plate Appearances.
The Brewers end up trading Aguilar when his stock is low, which sucks. But they get Faria, a promising bullpen and rotation option who has been on the MLB/AAA shuttle many times this year. He turned 26 yesterday.
Faria, 26, has a 2.70 ERA with 11 strikeouts in 10 innings for the Rays this year. In his MLB career, all in Tampa Bay, Faria has a 4.18 ERA with 145 strikeouts in 161.2 innings.