Aaron Hill says he has no issue with being traded to a rebuilding franchise, but his time with the Milwaukee Brewers might not be very long.
The Brewers acquired Hill, who turns 34 before the beginning of the season, in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks that sent shortstop Jean Segura to the D-backs at the end of January.
The veteran infielder tells the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that he had a positive reaction to being traded to the Brewers, but the Journal-Sentinel notes that his stay in Milwaukee might be short-lived, writing, "The Brewers likely would try to flip him before the July 31 trade deadline if he plays well and attracts suitors."
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After an outstanding first full season with the D-backs in 2012, in which he hit .302/.360/.522 with 26 home runs, 85 RBI and 14 stolen bases, Hill has been on a steady decline.
In the past three seasons, the two-time Silver Slugger Award winner has hit .253/.309/.388 while averaging nine home runs and 47 RBI per season. He hit .230/.295/.345 with six home runs and 39 RBI in 116 games for the D-backs last year.
Upon learning that he had been traded after four-plus seasons in Arizona, Hill says he was content with the news.
"It’s never a bad thing to get traded. It means the team wants you. That’s a good thing," he said.
Regardless of how long his stay in Milwaukee is, Hill plans to enjoy himself with his new club.
"Change is not a bad thing," the former first-round pick said. "From what I hear, they have the right people in place [at the top]. It’s a good opportunity to get some playing time and have some fun with these guys."