Saturday, January 30, 2016
(1/30/2016 06:34:00 PM) - Al
Segura, Wagner dealt to ARI for Chase Anderson, Isan Diaz, and Aaron Hill, who had negative value...the DBacks are paying some/most of Hill's huge salary.
I'll have more in a bit, as I just got done pushing papers around in my office for an hour.
EDIT: First thought about Anderson...he is under team control until after the 2020 season, and has had a very good K/BB ratio. He has been better versus LH bats than RH's...probably due to his change up.
I hate losing any prospect, but Wagner's ceiling was far lower than most due to his lack of velocity. In fact, ironically, I would say his ceiling is very close to...a career much like Chase Anderson. Since most players fail to hit their ceiling, he is far more likely to settle in as a swingman type or a middle reliever.
We know Segura's eventual replacement is Arcia, though someone will obviously be the placeholder until he takes over at some point in the near future. Villar or Rivera are the obvious favorites, as they are on the 40 man, but Hernan Perez is likely also in the mix.
Diaz is 19, and was the MVP of the Pioneer League last season. He is a SS, but like many youngsters, could move elsewhere down the spectrum if his bat outperforms his glove. Almost half his hits have been for extra bases, a phenomenal amount, especially for a kid who is probably very lean and still developing muscle. He also walks 11% of the time, as rare for a Puerto Rican kid as a fiscally responsible liberal. Stearns continues to bring in "his type" of player, which is almost always athletic and with an above average OBP.
Hill has mostly been a 2B for the last decade, but has played about 80 games at SS and 80 at 3B as well. His inclusion was almost certainly to save face for ARI, and I assume what ARI does not cover of his $12M salary will be considered simply a cost of doing business, and what it costs to "buy" young talent like Anderson and mostly Diaz. Hill, on paper at least, would seem to fit in as Scooter's platoon partner and as a SS/3B reserve, and a PH with some pop.
Depending on his personality, you might well hear some talk of his "veteran" presence and leadership qualities. His splits are minimal, as he hits RHP/LHP about equally. If he's disruptive or a problem, I'm sure he'll be dumped, as his inclusion was to receive more talent from the DBacks, as he had negative value, given his salary and production.
EDIT 2: Being reported ARI will pay $5.5M of Hill's $12M salary...obviously, $6.5M is a lot to pay for a utility infielder, but the Crew has so little in payroll for 2016, he will easily fit in. They feel Diaz and Anderson were worth it, and had little need for Segura.
EDIT 3: Stearns tells the JS he sees Hill as a mentor to his many young infielders. That would imply he intends to keep him, though I suppose he knows no one wants him. With luck, he'll get off to a hot start and have value in July.
EDIT 4: Stearns confirms Arcia will begin 2016 in AAA.
EDIT 5: I have to believe the MLBTR guy does not understand what type of talent Stearns has been accumulating, young and controllable. Anderson is a nice young SP, but I have to think this trade started with Diaz as the target. Remember, due to the 40 being full (and due to his job security), I'd say Stearns actually prefers kids who do not need to be added.
1/30/2016 06:34:00 PM