The Diamondbacks on Saturday traded right-handed starter Chase Anderson and infielder Aaron Hill to the Milwaukee Brewers for shortstop Jean Segura and righty Tyler Wagner.
Segura hit .257 with six homers, 50 RBIs and 25 steals last season. The 25-year-old was an NL All-Star in 2013. He is a career .266 hitter with 96 steals.
"After we traded (away) Ender Inciarte, we had a little discomfort in where we were offensively and were looking to improve where we could," D-backs GM Dave Stewart said in a conference call.
Stewart said Segura could play second base but expects him to primarily play shortstop during spring training.
"We always like to look at our camps as a completive camp and that’s the way we’re going to go into this camp," Stewart said. "Don’t want to overlook the job that was done by Nick Ahmed defensively last year."
The deal did nothing to alleviate the D-backs’ surplus of major league middle infielders. Stewart said he’d already received text from another GM asking about that surplus — Ahmed, Chris Owings, Brandon Drury, Phil Gosselin.
Segura was one of the players traded in 2012 from the Angels to teh Brewers for Zack Greinke, whom the D-backs signed as a free agent earlier this off-season.
Wagner made his major league debut last season. The 25-year-old was 0-2 with a 7.24 ERA in three starts. He spent most of the year at Double-A.
"Wagner adds depth," Stewart said. "When I knew Chase Anderson was going to have to be part of the deal, I wanted to add depth to the organization."
The 28-year-old Anderson was 6-6 with a 4.30 ERA in 27 starts last season. Hill has played 11 seasons in the majors and has hit .429 with four home runs in 10 career games at Miller Park.
The Brewers also got minor league shortstop Isan Diaz and cash in the deal.
"That was one of the players (whose) name first came out of (Milwaukee’s) mouth," Stewart said. "… Middle infield in our system is an area of strength for us and allowed us to make this deal."
The 19-year-old Diaz hit .360 with 13 home runs and 51 RBIs at rookie level Missoula. He was the Pioneer League MVP.
Stewart declined to divulge how much money Arizona will include in the deal.