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Snake Bytes, 1/31: Aaron Hill/Jean Segura trade reactions

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Know I said yesterday's Snake Bytes was the last one of January? I lied. Thanks, Dave Stewart...

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[Beyond the Box Score] Diamondbacks add Jean Segura, clear salary for youth in trade with Brewers - In total, this trade seems to be amenable for both teams. The Diamondbacks get their shortstop, a depth pitching piece, and clear salary space entering a competitive season where having the flexibility to make moves will be important. The Brewers get a potential rebound candidate, an established young starter, and high-ceiling prospect for $10 million and a player who is at a relative low point in his value. There may be some disagreement about the timing of trading Segura at this lull in value, but otherwise both fan bases should be pretty happy.

[AZ Central] Diamondbacks trade Chase Anderson, Aaron Hill to Brewers - The Diamondbacks clearly believe Segura could return to previous levels. Club coaches and officials have routinely referred to Ahmed as the arguably the best defensive shortstop in the National League, and his OPS was 18 points higher than Segura’s last season. The deal also gives them the infield depth to potentially make another deal, a possibility Stewart did not dispute; he said another GM had already texted him to explore the idea.

[TKB] Segura deal all about now for the Diamondbacks - The Jean Segura trade is a win-win for the Arizona Diamondbacks in the immediate term, and immediacy is what matters most this season. The D-backs are younger, faster, richer and more athletic after acquiring shortstop Segura and right-hander Tyler Wagner from Milwaukee. The deal figures to make a D-backs’ team on the rise even more of a contender in the NL West. And with the signing of Zack Greinke and the acquisition of Shelby Miller to fit at the top of the rotation, the ascent of center fielder A.J. Pollock and the steady excellence of perennial MVP candidate Paul Goldschmidt, the D-backs are all about now.

[masslive.com] Jean Segura trade: Nick Ahmed's role in question while Isan Diaz moves on - With Owings offering a similar offensive output and lower defensive contribution than Ahmed, there is the possibility that either Ahmed or Segura moves to 2B. Third baseman Jake Lamb has the highest offensive potential of the group, but it would not be unfathomable for Lamb to move into a reserve role, either. Speculation aside, the roles for Ahmed, Segura & Co. will be sorted out in Spring Training. Barring one player separating himself during camp, the most likely result is for a two or three position platoon rotation to be implemented until a player earns an outright starting job.

[MLB Trade Rumors] DBacks Acquire Jean Segura, Tyler Wagner - In Arizona, Segura will join the defensively-minded Nick Ahmed and Chris Owings. Ahmed is coming off a solid 1.7 WAR season, but his .226/.275/.359 leaves a lot to be desired at the plate. Owings spent most of 2015 at second base where he was expected to return this year. The addition of Segura not only gives the club more depth up the middle, it will give them the opportunity to mix and match offensive and defensive skill sets as needed.

[Call to the Pen] D'Backs and Brewers Agree to Trade Involving Segura - Whenever major league talent switches sides in a deal like this, it’s interesting to look at the motivations behind the trade and the ramifications resulting from it. In this case, both teams may benefit, but the move fit better into what the D’Backs are trying to do organizationally. After trading Dansby Swanson this offseason, the team needed a future shortstop. They got that in Segura, even though the righty was incredibly inconsistent a year ago. A change of scenery should do him well, especially in such a solid lineup.

[ESPN Insider] Diamondbacks destined to be disappointed by Jean Segura trade - Alexei Ramirez, who just signed a one-year deal with the San Diego Padres as a free agent after the Chicago White Sox non-tendered him, had a better year on offense and defense than Segura in 2015. Arizona could also have signed Howie Kendrick and left Ahmed at short, spending more money and giving up a second-round draft pick, which would have been a better move than this one. Segura once had promise, but two and a half years of lacking performance has wiped that out.

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[Daily Herald] Introducing the Cougars' new manager -The Kane County Cougars welcomed back fans and introduced their new manager for the 2016 season during a "Meet The Diamondbacks" party in the super suite banquet room Friday night at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva. Former major-league infielder, Mike Benjamin, will direct the Cougars this season. The 50-year-old, who enjoyed a 13-year playing career, served as manager of the AZL D-backs Rookie League team that was 25-20 last season.