Takeaways from the Brandon Drury trade

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23 February, 2018

The Yankees are sending second base prospect Nick Solak to the Rays and pitching prospect Taylor Widener to Arizona. Steven Souza is headed to the D'Backs and Brandon Drury is going to the Yankees. A deal finally materialized, and the landing spot is favorable as he goes to a hitter's park and his early-season role is less up in the air with the Yankees needing help at both second base and third.

Souza Jr., 28, was named team MVP after the 2017 season, during which he hit.239 with 30 home runs and 78 RBIs.

Drury is entering his fourth big-league season.

Pollock, Tomas, and Dyson all spent significant amounts of time on the disabled list last season but in their best seasons, like Souza and Peralta, have been some of the best in the league.

A career.236 hitter, Souza has averaged 21 home runs and almost 12 steals over the past three seasons.

Widener, 23, went 7-8 with a 3.39 ERA in 27 starts for high Class A Tampa a year ago.

"I don't feel like I've done anything like I'm capable of the last couple years".

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Drury, who has played all four infield positions along with left and right field in his nascent career, is likely to see more time at third base.

With the Yankees, Drury will get a chance to play every day and that can be the factor in helping develop this young stud into a strong major league ballplayer.

The 25-year-old Drury also has experience in the corner outfield spots, but the Yankees are well stocked there. He was traded by the Brewers along with outfielder Mitch Haniger to the Diamondbacks at the 2014 trade deadline in exchange for outfielder Gerardo Parra. He is now ranked as the #5 second base prospect by MLB.com.

Newly acquired Brandon Drury is the now the favorite to be the starting third baseman for the New York Yankees.

Backing up Greg Bird at first base is another potential option the Yankees have with the 6-foot-2 Drury.

After trading third baseman Chase Headley and second baseman Starlin Castro this offseason, and not re-signing free agent third baseman Todd Frazier, the Yankees were looking to add a veteran infielder in case either touted prospect Gleyber Torres or Miguel Andujar isn't ready to crack the starting lineup as a rookie.

"We gave up two players we really like", Cashman said.


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