View Full Version : Sox Acquire Aaron Hill from MIL for Aaron Wilkerson, Wndell Rijo

07-07-2016, 06:46 PM
Red Sox have acquired infielder Aaron Hill from the Brewers for right-hander Aaron Wilkerson and infielder Wendell Rijo.Lauber @ ESPN

07-07-2016, 06:47 PM
Seriously... WTF?

07-07-2016, 07:09 PM

07-08-2016, 12:00 AM
Actually, I guess it makes some sense.

I was hoping Wilkerson would get a shot here.

07-08-2016, 12:12 AM
Look at Shaw's numbers against left handed pitching. He's hitting a whopping .208. Whereas this is the platoon bat that the Sox got, for a feel good story sell high pitcher in Aaron Wilkerson who doesn't have any real plus pitch and a demoted Wendell Rijo who is repeating High A at 20. It's a fair move. Hill is hitting .283, .345, .457 (I believe, from what I read) and plays 3B and 2B adequately. These are the type of deals that make sense. He's an upgrade over having to use Rutledge. It also eases the positional value of LF and SS for Hernandez who has played admirably. Futhermore, secondary pieces like Wilkerson and Rijo are replaceable. It would be like trading a Brentz or Marrero in a deal as a third chip piece. Whatever, moving on. Now hopefully we get a left fielder, and starter. I would still like an upgrade over Ross and Layne. And no do not tell me that Elias, Owens or Johnson is that piece.

07-08-2016, 10:30 AM
Hill is easily an upgrade over Hernandez, Rutledge, and any other IF UTL that we've had aside from Holt (possibly him too but Holt is used to the UTL role). He's a nice complementary piece but hardly what I would have anticipated. Is that what the Sox needed most?

It's unlikely that either of the players had a future with the team, although Wilkerson seemed working towards a cameo as the only PAW pitcher getting results. As with the Kimbrel deal, my concern is with the opportunity cost. Rijo or Wilkerson might have made a decent secondary piece in a more significant deal. (re: Kimbrell, the overpayment cost a similar chip).

The Allen
07-08-2016, 02:23 PM
We really needed a solid veteran bat off the bench. The two specs were expendable so this works great. Now for a RP + SP.

07-08-2016, 03:46 PM
Was this the best possible use for the two expendable specs?

07-08-2016, 04:06 PM
After a pair of down years in Arizona in 2014-15 (combined .238/.290/.359), the 34-year-old was enjoying a rebound year in Milwaukee, hitting .283/.359/.421 with eight homers in 78 games. Caveat: Most of his production came in a small stretch of games against a worst-in-baseball Reds pitching staff, which Hill clubbed to the tune of a 13-for-26 performance with five homers and four walks in seven games. Against the rest of the majors, he’s hitting .259/.336/.346.

Nonetheless, Hill represents a righthanded pull hitter with flyball tendencies – precisely the sort of formula to help fuel the Red Sox’ doubles machine at Fenway. He has a career .308/.349/.490 line with seven homers at Fenway.weei.com

The Allen
07-08-2016, 07:24 PM
Was this the best possible use for the two expendable specs?
I'm fine with it. If these two helped land a Sale...I'd be shocked.

07-08-2016, 10:45 PM
We lose tonights game without Hill

07-09-2016, 12:45 PM
I'm fine with it. If these two helped land a Sale...I'd be shocked.

What if one of them helped get Rich Hill?