One of the most popular players in recent memory on the Milwaukee Brewers was first baseman Jesus Aguilar. The Brewers acquired Aguilar after he was waived by the Cleveland Indians (now the Guardians). For two and a half seasons, he was one of the most beloved sports figures in Milwaukee. In 2019, the Brewers traded him to the Tampa Bay Rays for relief pitcher Jake Faria. Now, however, it may be time to go and bring him back for a second stint.
Jesus Aguilar as a Milwaukee Brewer
When the Brewers signed Jesus Aguilar, it was believed to be nothing more than a depth signing. After all, he had not stuck with Cleveland and Eric Thames was the man at first base. However, Aguilar impressed in his first season with the Crew. In 2017, in a supporting role, he slashed .265/.311/.505 with 16 home runs and 52 RBI.
The next year, 2018, Aguilar took over the starting job at first base as Thames struggled at the plate. Aguilar slashed .274/.352/.539 with 35 home runs and 108 RBI. He was voted onto the NL All-Star team by the fans in the vote for the final roster spot. Milwaukee Fans started the social media hashtag #WeBelieveInJesus in an effort to get him on the team. It worked. Not only did he make the team, but he also came in 16th in the MVP vote.
2019, however, was not so great a season for Jesus Aguilar. Now he was the one off to a rough start, and in 94 games with the Brewers hit just .225/.320/374 with eight home runs and 34 RBI. After the trade to the Rays, though, he seemed to right himself, and hit .261/.336/.424 with four home runs and 16 RBI in 37 games for them.
Jesus Aguilar With the Marlins
After the 2019 season, Jesus Aguilar was waived by the Tampa Bay Rays. He was picked up by the Miami Marlins in one of their best moves in recent years. Last season, Aguilar hit .277/.352/.457 with eight home runs and 54 RBI in 51 games. He also helped lead the Marlins to a playoff series win over the Chicago Cubs. Aguilar celebrated by smoking a cigar on the field at Wrigley after the game.
This year, Aguilar is hitting .263/.324/.468 with 17 home runs and 69 RBI. His 69 RBI lead the NL. The Marlins, though, are not faring as well as a team. They are currently 41-57 and are 12 games behind in their division. With less than a week until the trade deadline, it is more than likely that they will be sellers once again.
Why Getting Aguilar Makes Sense
The fact of the matter is that the Brewers have struggled to keep one guy at first base for more than a year or two ever since Prince Fielder left. Keston Hiura has been, to say the least, disappointing this year at the plate. He will likely end up demoted or traded before the deadline. Daniel Vogelbach is hurt and Rowdy Tellez has been so uninspiring that Jace Peterson has been seeing time at first base.
Aguilar is not a major name on the market, so the Brewers could acquire him without giving up too much talent from their farm system. Of course, trading for him would mean that David Stearns and the front office are admitting that trading him in 2019 was a mistake. However, the Brewers are rumored to be shooting for the World Series this year. Swallowing a little pride is a small price to pay to help get them there.
Aguilar also has one more year of arbitration left after this season is over. This means that we would have Aguilar for the rest of this season and all of next season at the very least.
This trade would be a huge win for Brewers’ fans, and an even bigger one for the Brewers themselves. Let’s hope the second coming of Jesus to Milwaukee happens soon.
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