When David Stearns took over as the general manager of the Milwaukee Brewers in September of 2015, it marked the beginning of one of the most successful eras of baseball in the city. It certainly has produced the most winning seasons with the Brewers making the postseason in five out of the past six seasons. It has also seen Milwaukee make some of the most significant trades in franchise history.
Some of these trades, however, were not very popular from the start. The 2015 Brewers finished the season 68-94 and heading in the wrong direction. In order to right the ship and set the team on a course that would make it competitive for years to come, some initial sacrifices had to be made.
One of these was taking one of the more popular players on the team, Jean Segura, and trading him away after the 2015 season.
The Milwaukee Brewers Traded Jean Segura on January 30, 2016
One of Stearns’ first moves as general manager was to trade All-Star shortstop Jean Segura to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Segura had been an All-Star in 2013 when he hit .294/.329/.423 with 12 home runs, 49 RBI, and 44 stolen bases. His production over the next two seasons had fallen, though, and he finished 2015 hitting .257/.281/.336 with six home runs, 50 RBI, and 25 stolen bases.
While he still had years of club control remaining, Segura was sent to Arizona along with pitcher Tyler Wagner in exchange for pitcher Chase Anderson, Isan Diaz, and infielder Aaron Hill.
The Aftermath of the Jean Segura Trade for the Milwaukee Brewers and Chase Anderson
Aaron Hill played 78 games for the Brewers before being traded to the Boston Red Sox for Aaron Wilkerson. In his brief time with Milwaukee, Hill hit .283/.359/.421 with eight home runs and 29 RBI.
Isan Diaz never made it to the Majors with Milwaukee, but may be best known by Brewers fans for being one of the four prospects that Stearns included in his massive trade for outfielder Christian Yelich.
Chase Anderson had the longest stint with Milwaukee of the three, being a mainstay in the starting rotation for four seasons. During that time, Anderson compiled a record of 38-27 with a 3.83 ERA and 1.23 WHIP. His most notable season was arguably 2017 when he started 25 games and went 12-4 with a 2.71 ERA. The next year, however, he went 9-8 with a 3.93 ERA while giving up a National League-leading 30 home runs.
How Jean Segura Performed After the Trade Away from the Milwaukee Brewers
In his first and only season with the Diamondbacks, Segura led the National League with 203 hits while hitting .319/.368/.499 with 20 home runs, 69 RBI, and 33 stolen bases.
After the 2016 season, Segura was traded to the Seattle Mariners, where he spent two seasons including his All-Star 2018 season. In his two years with the Mariners, Segura hit .302/.345/.421 while averaging 10 home runs, 54 RBI, and 21 stolen bases a season.
After becoming a free agent following 2018, Segura signed a four-year contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. In his four years there, he hit .281/.337/.418, but did miss significant time due to injuries in 2022.
Last offseason, Segura signed with the Miami Marlins, but was traded to the Cleveland Guardians on August 1 after compiling a slash line of .219/.277/.279. The Guardians released him after the trade was complete.
The 33-year old is still a free agent.