Brewers trade 1B Aguilar to Rays for RHP Jacob Faria

The Milwaukee Brewers aren’t done making moves before Wednesday’s trade deadline. According to Jeff Passan, the Brewers are trading Jesus Aguilar to the Tampa Bay Rays for RHP Jacob Faria.

The Brewers are in need of a starter or reliever and Faria has pitched as both.

Aguilar was an All-Star in 2018 and a big part of Milwaukee’s success last season. However, he hasn’t found the same magic this year. He’s batting .225 with a .374 slugging percentage, eight home runs and 34 RBI through 94 games this season.

Milwaukee has also found trouble finding at-bats for Aguilar. Eric Thames has played well at first base and now Travis Shaw is back in the mix.

Rays showing interest in Jesus Aguilar

According to a report from Mark Feinsand and Juan Toribio of MLB.com, the Tampa Bay Rays are showing interest in Milwaukee Brewers’ first baseman Jesus Aguilar.

Milwaukee is currently in playoff contention and don’t look to be sellers just yet. The Brewers will have a lot of big decisions to make coming up before the July 31st trade deadline. They currently have only one player in MLB’s Top-100 prospect list. Also, they just lost their “Ace” Brandon Woodruff to an oblique strain and will be out for six weeks.

Aguilar was an All-Star for the Brewers last season posting a .274/.352/.539 line with 35 home runs, but the same production hasn’t been there this season. He’s slashed .230/.328/.385 with only eight homers. However, the 29-year old has been terrific in July hitting .342/.395/.684 in 43 plate appearances. He has been sharing time with Eric Thames at first base.

Trading Aguilar should be an option to be considered depending on who the Rays are willing to part with. Milwaukee has options to replace Aguilar. Travis Shaw, who is currently in triple-a San Antonio is capable of playing first base. But if Aguilar can recapture the magic from 2018 it would be worth it holding onto him.

Joe & Ebo Experience: What A Show

Bucks: Better or Worse (0:00)

A Brewers Conspiracy (8:34)

Badger Blitz’s Jake Kocorowski (17:37)

Heated Mertz Debate (32:46)

Badgers Insider RJ Brachman (42:13)

Unstoppable? (51:38)

Joe & Ebo Experience: Not Very Shawsome

Understanding, Confused, Upset (0:00)

“I Stink!” (9:15)

What Could Have Been (18:46)

Brewers Deep-State (26:17)

Jordy: Yea or Nay (38:06)

Ebo & The Creator (50:02)

Brewers 5, Rockies 1: Last takes

MILWAUKEE | The Milwaukee Brewers took game one of a four-game set against the Colorado Rockies 5-1 at Miller Park Monday night. The Brewers have won three of their last four games since dropping a season-high four straight from 4/21-4/24.

Zeus blasts his first and second HRs of the season

Jesus Aguilar was due for a big game after the start he’s gotten off to this season. He entered Monday night’s contest with just one hit in his last 25 at-bats and was hitless in his last 15 at-bats.

Known as a power-hitter, Aguilar hadn’t hit a home run in his last 80 at-bats. The last time he went yard was on 9/30/18 vs Detroit. He broke that streak off Rockies’ starter Kyle Freeland blasting his first and second home runs of the year off the left-hander.

A three-run dinger from Zeus put Milwaukee on the board in the first inning.

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His second homer was a solo shot in the third inning which extended the Brewers lead to 5-0.

Aguilar added to his hit total in the eighth inning with a single to right-field giving him three knocks on the night.

“I think this is going to be the first night where I’m going to sleep good,” Aguilar said. “There [have been] a lot of nights when I come back home and think about hitting, watch video and all that stuff. Tonight is going to be one of those nights when I can relax.”

Hopefully, this is a sign of things to come for Aguilar. He was such a huge part of the Brewers success last season having made his first All-Star team.

Davies deals

Zach Davies continues to be as solid as he’s been all season. He came close to getting through six innings but an error by Orlando Arcia caused manager Craig Counsell to go to his bullpen.

Davies gave up just one run, which was unearned, on three hits. It was the third time this season the 26-year old righty didn’t allow an earned run. He lowered his season ERA to 1.38. You can’t ask much more from your fifth starter.

“His outings have really looked very similar, all of them,” Counsell said. “He’s doing a really good job with his changeup. Hitters are really guarding against that changeup and that’s making his fastball really play, I think, but it’s because his changeup has been really effective. He’s doing a nice job with everything. He’s controlling his effort really well and that’s a big deal for him. It’s led to a lot of consistency, he’s been very consistent for us.”

Bullpen closes it out

It’s been an up-and-down year for the Milwaukee bullpen, but they were on point Monday. First Alex Claudio relieved Davies in the fifth with two-men on and one out. Claudio went on to pitch two innings of one-hit ball while striking out three.

Then, Jay Jackson came back to the big leagues for the first time since 2015 making his Brewers debut striking out Nolan Arenado in the eighth. Donnie Hart would finish it out.

Rockies don’t want none

Colorado hasn’t had an answer for the Brewers in a while. Milwaukee is now 11-2 over their last 13 games against the Rockies with a current 4-game winning streak. Over the last 28 innings, including the 2018 NLDS, the Crew has held Colorado to just one run (unearned).

Next up, the Brewers (16-14) will play the second of this four-game series with the Rockies (13-16) from Miller Park on Tuesday. Jhoulys Chacin (2|36.35 ERA25 SO) will get the start for Milwaukee. Colorado will counter with German Marquez (3|12.54 ERA, 37 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 6:40pm.

Milwaukee’s Aguilar added to All-Star team

After originally being left off of the 2018 National League All-Star Team when the rosters were announced on Sunday night, Brewers first baseman Jesús Aguilar will be taking his rightful place on the team in Washington, D.C. next week.

Aguilar was one of five players in the NL to be put up for the Final Vote for the last spot on the team. Aguilar was up against St. Louis’ Matt Carpenter, San Francisco’s Brandon Belt, Max Muncy of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Washington’s Trea Turner.

In the American League Seattle shortstop Jean Segura was the winner of the final roster spot.

Aguilar totaled a near-record 20,229,498 votes since the tallying began on Sunday. That’s the second-highest number of votes since the Final Vote was introduced in 2002. The record is held by Justin Turner of the Dodgers who totaled 20,819,242 votes to be elected to the 2017 All-Star Game.

Aguilar entered Wednesday with the National League lead in home runs at 23 and a batting average of .302. He becomes the fourth member of the Brewers to be honored as an All-Star selection this season joining outfielders Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain as well as relief ace Josh Hader.

The 2018 All-Star Game takes place at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. on July 17.

Brewers walk-off against Cardinals 2-1

When a team carries a no-hitter into the seventh inning or deeper, things typically work out well that night.

Friday was not one of those instances for the St. Louis Cardinals.

St. Louis pitcher Jack Flaherty had yet to allow a hit when Brewers first baseman Jesús Aguilar stepped to the plate with one out in the seventh inning. Aguilar swung and missed at a first pitch slider from Flaherty. The second pitch was also a slider, but this one caught a bit more of the plate and ended up over the left field wall.

Gone was Flaherty’s no-hitter and shutout, as well as St. Louis’ lead.

Aguilar’s next at-bat was another one that the Cardinals would like to forget. With the game tied at one in the ninth, Aguilar deposited an 0-2 fastball from Bud Norris over the wall in right field to give the Brewers the walk-off victory.

While Flaherty’s effort gained much of the attention Friday night, Milwaukee’s pitching staff was nearly just as good. Junior Guerra got the start for the Brewers and pitched five innings, allowing one run on three hits. The Milwaukee bullpen then combined for four no-hit innings before Corey Knebel earned the win, thanks to Aguilar.

The Brewers and Cardinals play the third game of this four-game series on Saturday afternoon at Miller Park. Chase Anderson (5-6, 4.54 ERA) takes the hill for the Brewers while Miles Mikolas (7-2, 2.69 ERA) starts for St. Louis. First pitch is at 3:10 p.m. CT.

Brewers: Three roster spots for five players

The Milwaukee Brewers nearly have their opening day roster set. They currently have three spots available, with five players vying for those last few spots.

The players still trying to make the team are pitchers Oliver Drake, J.J. Hover and Taylor Williams, along with first basemen Jesus Aguilar and Ji-Man Choi. The Brewers and general manager David Stearns have until March 28th to finalize the roster.

Drake and Aguilar are out of options and would have to be placed on waivers before being reassigned to Triple-A Colorado Springs or cut. Both would likely be claimed off waivers by other teams.

Williams still has an option available and therefore there wouldn’t be any consequences for sending him to the minors to start the season.

Hoover and Choi are a different story, being non-roster invitees, who signed minor league deals with Milwaukee. Both players would need to be added to the Brewers 40-man roster, which only has one spot available after Milwaukee officially cut Yovani Gallardo on Monday.

Choi and Hoover could be assigned to Colorado Springs with no consequences. The Brewers would also have another spot available if pitcher Jimmy Nelson starts the season on the 60-day disabled list.

What I think happens

Drake, Hoover, and Aguilar make the opening day roster. Drake and Aguilar are currently already on Milwaukee’s 40-man roster. Hoover would then take Gallardo’s spot, which would allow the Brewers to be flexible with monitoring Nelson’s rehab.

Choi would fall victim to the depth at the first base position. In 41 at-bats this spring, Choi batted .390 with three home runs and 10 RBIs. He proved that he could make most major league teams as a backup first baseman, but finds himself behind Ryan Braun, Eric Thames, and Aguilar.

Drake struggled this spring, making 12 appearances, logging 11 1/3 innings, while accumulating an ERA of 5.56. Hoover turned heads this spring training appearing in 9 games, going 9 1/3 inning and not allowing a run. He also owned an excellent WHIP of 0.64. Aguilar also played well, batting .276 with two home runs and seven runs batted in in 58 at-bats.

What I would do

First off, I would cut Drake, as he has never really impressed me during his time in Milwaukee. I would then give his 40-man roster spot to Hoover, who was outstanding during spring training. Williams showed this past month that he’s all the way back from his Tommy John surgery in 2015, as he was clocked numerous times in the mid to upper 90s on the radar gun.

The Brewers would then still have one spot left on their 40-man roster, which they should give to Choi. I then would assign him to Triple-A Colorado Springs and continue to add to the depth at first base. These moves would also allow the Brewers the option not to place Nelson on the 60-day disabled list and continue to monitor his rehab schedule.

 

Bats come alive as Brewers top Rockies 8-4

DENVER — Jesus Aguilar had a pair of home runs in the series finale, giving the Milwaukee Brewers an 8-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies Sunday afternoon.

“It’s all about confidence,” Aguilar said. “Starting the road trip with a series win is a boost of energy for the club and it gives us a lot of confidence. We’re just happy we were able to get it done.”

Aguilar followed up his pinch-hit go-ahead home run on Saturday with two more home runs on Sunday. In total, Milwaukee tallied 12 hits in the game while backing up Chase Anderson, who had just returned from injury to gather the win.

Anderson had just returned from the disabled list after an injury in late June kept him out of the rotation — one of Milwaukee’s more reliable starters to that point in the season. Anderson went 5.0 innings, allowing one earned run on a pair of hits while striking out four.

But after falling in a 6-1 hole heading into the home half of the eighth inning, the Rockies showed why they hadn’t lost a game at Coors Field since June 22nd. Colorado mounted a comeback with Milwaukee looking to close the game out with its late relievers. Former Brewer Mark Reynolds homered in the eighth before driving in Nolan Arenado on a single in the ninth inning. He’d finish the game with three RBI before Milwaukee secured the 8-4 victory with Corey Knebel logging his 26th save.

Milwaukee gained a game in the chase for a Wild Card spot, thanks to the Twins victory over the Diamondbacks. The Brewers remain 2½ games back of the final spot, while 2.0 games back of the Cubs for first place in the National League central.

Aguilar delivers as Brewers top Rockies 6-3

DENVER — After watching an early lead slip away, Jesus Aguilar delivered a three-run homer to give the Milwaukee Brewers a 6-3 win over the Colorado Rockies Saturday night.

An Eric Thames triple, a Ryan Braun sacrifice fly, and a Travis Shaw home run were the only runs Milwaukee had scored until the Aguilar blast, with all three aforementioned runs coming in the third inning. That 3-0 lead disappeared by the seventh inning after Josh Hader allowed RBI singles to Charlie Blackmon and DJ LeMahieu.

Hader had come on in the fifth inning to replace Brandon Woodruff, with the goal to pitch him for up to three innings.

“You know, this is how we’ve used Josh [Hader],” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “With what Josh is, this is the best way to deploy him and make him a weapon…This is the way we’re going to use him and we’re going to continue to use him.”

Once Rockies reliever Greg Holland came in to replace Pat Neshek, the opportunities opened up again for Milwaukee. Now with two men on base, the Brewers used Aguilar in a pinch hit role, resulting in the go-ahead three-run shot that would eventually give Milwaukee the win. But Aguilar had to battle through some tough pitches to find something to hit.

“I threw him a few quality pitches at the bottom of the zone that were balls, that he didn’t offer at,” Holland said. “But 3-2 with first base open — I know it’s a tie game, but you can’t throw a hanging slider after he’s already seen five.”

The win, paired with a St. Louis Cardinals loss, puts the Brewers back into second place in the National League Central standings, 2.0 games behind the first-place Chicago Cubs.