Brewers Add Pitching Depth; Trade Aguilar, Dubon
The Brewers added pitching depth before Wednesday’s trade deadline – exchanging two position players for pitching with a pair of teams. In their first move of the day, Milwaukee sent first baseman Jesus Aguilar to Tampa Bay for right-hander Jake Faria.
An All-Star in 2018, Aguilar saw his average drop from .274 last year to .225 this year, with nine doubles and eight home runs in 94 games. Faria holds a career record of 9-8 with Tampa Bay with 26 career starts. He appeared in just seven games this year – with an ERA of 2.70 in 10 innings pitched. Faria’s best season in the majors came in his rookie year of 2017, where he owned a 5-4 record and a 3.43 ERA and 84 strikeouts.
The Brewers also parted ways with one of their top prospects on Wednesday, sending shortstop Maurico Dubon to San Francisco in exchange for left-hander Drew Pomeranz and right-hander Ray Black.
Dubon made his major league debut with the Brewers earlier this year, and was hitting .297 with 16 home runs, 22 doubles and a triple at Triple-A San Antonio this year after suffering a torn ACL in 2018. Dubon was the Brewers #3 prospect according to MLB.com.
Pomeranz has struggled over his last two seasons in the majors – going 2-and-9 while in the starting rotation this year with San Francisco, but saw some success recently after moving to the bullpen. His best season statistically came in 2017 with Boston, where he held a 17-6 record, with a 3.32 ERA and totaled 174 strikeouts.
Black was 1-0 with a 5.16 ERA in 23 games for Triple-A Sacramento this season. He appeared in two games for the Giants in 2019, with an ERA of 4.50 in just two innings pitched total.