The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired first baseman Jesus Aguilar from the Milwaukee Brewers, reported earlier today by ESPN’s Jeff Passan. The Brewers will send back right-handed pitcher Jake Faria in return.
The Rays will hope to get the Aguilar of 2018 as they attempt to bolster their lineup with a right-handed power bat. Last season, Aguilar hit 35 home runs, drove in 108 runs, and recorded an OPS of .890 on his way to his first All-Star selection with the Brewers. This year, the 29-year old has had just 8 homers and 34 RBIs in 94 games, with a lowly .694 OPS.
The Rays sit 7.5 games behind the New York Yankees in the AL East standings, but a mere 0.5 games back of the Oakland Athletics for the second Wild Card berth. The Rays will likely hope that Aguilar can provide some pop for a team that is 19th in the majors in home runs and slugging percentage, as its main divisional foes (Boston and New York) each sit in the top 10 in both categories.
In Faria, the Brewers gain a 26-year old pitcher with major league experience as both a reliever and a starter. You may also remember him as the guy with the reaction time of Spider-Man.
Faria started 26 games for the Rays in 2017 and 2018, but has pitched only in relief for them this year (10 innings pitched over 7 appearances). The bulk of his work this season has come at the AAA level, where he has made 23 appearances (7 starts) for Durham and posted a 6-2 record. He has a career 4.18 major league ERA in 161.2 innings pitched. Milwaukee is currently 1 game back for the NL East and NL Wild Card lead.
Stay tuned for more coverage of all the deals made today now that the 2019 MLB trade deadline has come to a close!