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Tampa Bay Rays trade for 2018 all-star 1B Jesus Aguilar hours before trade deadline

Posted at 12:42 PM, Jul 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-31 12:48:01-04

The Tampa Bay Rays have traded for Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar, ESPN reports.

A few days before the trade deadline, the Rays acquired Eric Sogard, and made the move for Aguilar a few hours before the 4 p.m. deadline.

The Rays had been looking for a bat and are hoping Aguilar is the answer.

He was an all-star last season, hitting .274 with 35 homers and driving in 108 runs.

However this season through 94 games, he is hitting .225 with 8 homers and 34 RBI.

While the numbers are down this season, ESPN's Jeff Passan notes that Aguilar is slashing 298/.346/.574 in 52 July plate appearances.

In return the Rays are shipping RHP Jacob Faria to the Brewers.

Faria has appeared in just 7 games for the Rays this season after a great 2017 and a regression in 2018.

It remains to be seen if the team will make any other moves ahead of the 4 p.m. deadline.