Trade Deadline Recap: Brewers Acquire Four Pitchers


It was a relatively uneventful MLB Trade Deadline, with most teams standing pat. The Milwaukee Brewers made four trades in the week leading up to the deadline on July 31, acquiring four pitchers in the process. Here's who they got and who they sent away.

  • Probably the highest-profile trade in terms of acquisitions was the deal that sent infield prospect Mauricio Dubon to San Francisco in exchange for former All-Star pitcher Drew Pomeranz and hard-throwing reliever Ray Black
  • Conversely, the most notable player shipped out is definitely former All-Star slugger Jesus Aguilar, just one year removed from his appearance in the game. He's on his way to Tampa in exchange for Jake Faria, who has split time as a starter and reliever
  • In a deal a few days ago, the Brewers acquired pitcher Jordan Lyles, who will start on the night of the trade deadline, from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Milwaukee sent back right-handed pitcher Cody Ponce
  • Milwaukee also designated pitcher Marcos Diplan for assignment, then traded him to Minnesota for cash considerations

More details are below, including the official press releases. In summary:

  • Milwaukee acquired right-handed pitchers Jordan Lyles, Jake Faria, and Ray Black, as well as left-hander Drew Pomeranz.
  • Milwaukee traded away Jesus Aguilar, Mauricio Dubon, Cody Ponce, and Marcos Diplan

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Brewers acquire pitchers Drew Pomeranz and Ray Black in trade - Thumbnail Image

Brewers acquire pitchers Drew Pomeranz and Ray Black in trade

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Brewers trade Jesus Aguilar to Tampa for RHP Jake Faria

BREWERS PR: The Milwaukee Brewers have acquired right-handed pitcher Jake Faria (fuh-REE-uh) from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for first baseman Jesús Aguilar. The announcement was made by President of Baseball Operations and General Manager David Stearns.

“Jake brings to our organization a young, quality arm who has had Major League experience as both a starter and reliever,” said Stearns. “We look forward to adding his versatility to our staff.”

Faria, who turned 26 yesterday, is 0-0 with a 2.70 ERA in 7 relief appearances this season (10ip, 10h, 3r, 3er, 7bb, 11k, 2hr, .250ba). He had four stints with the Rays (4/20, 6/15-6/17, 7/4-7/13 and 7/28-7/31). In three seasons with Tampa Bay, he has gone 9-8 with a 4.18 ERA in 40 games / 26 starts (161.2ip, 141h, 77r, 75er, 71bb, 145k, 22hr, .236ba). He is 8-8 with a 4.27 ERA as a starter (135ip, 64er) and 1-0 with a 3.71 ERA as a reliever (26.2ip, 11er). Faria appeared in 23 games / 7 starts at Triple-A Durham this season, going 6-2 with a 4.07 ERA and 1 save (59.2ip, 55h, 29r, 27er, 26bb, 74k, 8hr, .246ba). He was selected by Tampa Bay in the 10th round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft out of Gahr (CA) High School.

Aguilar, 29, batted .225 (50-for-222) with 8 HR and 34 RBI in 94 games with Milwaukee this season. The 2018 All-Star batted .261 (259-for-993) with 59 HR and 194 RBI in 376 games as a Brewer (2017-19). “Jesús provided our fans many memorable moments and was a key contributor to our historic 2018 season,” said Stearns. “We thank him for all of his contributions and wish him the best in Tampa Bay.”

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Brewers acquire RHP Jordan Lyles from Pittsburgh

BREWERS PR: The Milwaukee Brewers have traded right-handed pitcher Marcos Diplan to the Minnesota Twins in exchange for cash. The announcement was made by President of Baseball Operations and General Manager David Stearns.

Diplan, 22, was designated for assignment on Monday to make room for right-handed pitcher Jordan Lyles on the 40-man roster. He went 3-4 with a 4.99 ERA and 3 saves in 30 games / 5 starts at Double-A Biloxi this season (57.2ip, 47h, 34r, 32er, 37bb, 63k, 6hr, .221ba). Diplan was acquired by Milwaukee as part of a four-player trade with Texas on January 19, 2015.

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