It’s no secret that the Diamondbacks were one of the busiest teams of the offseason. They made some blockbuster moves to acquire rotation depth, most notably signing former Dodgers ace Zack Greinke.
But Arizona did more than just sign big-name free agents. After drafting shortstop Dansby Swanson first overall in 2015, the team traded him, as well as Ender Inciarte and Aaron Blair, to the Braves for Shelby Miller and Gabe Speier. At this point it looks like Arizona is getting the short end of the stick on that trade, but let’s take a look at what everyone else is doing:
Swanson has played 41 games in Single-A ball, batting .306/.402/.490. Aaron Blair, another piece in the Swanson-Miller trade, made his big-league debut against the Mets on Sunday, allowing three runs in 5.1 innings. If there was someone to regret trading, it wouldn’t be Blair. Ender Inciarte played in the first three games of this season but strained his hamstring and was placed on the 15-day disabled list. He recorded two hits in eight at-bats.
Another solid trade the D-Backs made was to acquire Jean Segura from the Brewers. Segura has been absolutely fantastic, putting up a .347/.374/.558 triple slash, with four homers and 15 RBI. To get him, Arizona traded away Chase Anderson, Isan Diaz and Aaron Hill.
Anderson has pitched decently for Milwaukee this season. He’s made four starts, his best outing coming in his season debut, when he pitched five shutout innings and allowed four hits. Since then he’s regressed, giving up six runs over four innings in his last start.
Isan Diaz, an infield prospect, has played in Single-A ball this season, appearing in 18 games so far. He’s hit a meager .230/.347/.426, and has struck out 18 times in 61 at-bats. His defense has been a better asset than his batting, racking up a .983 fielding percentage.
Aaron Hill, the Brewers’ new starting third baseman, has gotten off to a very slow start. He’s batting just .179, well below his career .267 average. His .472 OPS is the lowest of his career, and as of now he has as many strikeouts as hits (10).
So the latter trade the Diamondbacks made actually looks pretty good. The former? Not so much.