3-way trade sends Souza to D-backs, Drury to Yanks

3-way trade sends Souza to D-backs, Drury to Yanks”

The New York Yankees have added another starting infield candidate, acquiring Brandon Drury in a three-way trade that also saw the Tampa Bay Rays send outfielder Steven Souza the Arizona Diamondbacks.

In exchange, the Rays received left-handed pitcher Anthony Banda, two players to be named later from Arizona and minor league second baseman Nick Solak from NY.

In Souza, the D-backs get a 30-home run threat who plays solid defense in the outfield and a much less expensive ($3.5million) alternative to J.D. Martinez, who signed a reported $110m deal with the Boston Red Sox. Drury, who slashed.267/.317/.447 in 480 plate appearances with 13 home runs and 63 RBIs last season in Arizona, could now be the favorite to be the Opening Day third baseman.

Drury, who is under team control for the next four seasons, said his new teammates have been welcoming, and he feels at home after just a day in Tampa.

Solak: Batted.297/.384/.452 last season, splitting time between Class A Tampa and Double-A Trenton. As a rookie in 2016, he hit.282 with 16 homers.

Drury had a nice season for the D-Backs past year and can play a number of positions. As part of the deal, Brandon Drury will head to the Bronx and one of the D-Backs' top prospects, left-hander Anthony Banda, will pack his bags and head to Port Charlotte, Florida, to join the Rays.

Souza struck out more last season compared to 2016, but he also walked 47 more times and that translated into an above-average on-base percentage for a power hitter (.351). On a conference call from the airport, he talked about the prospect of playing in a lineup that made the National League Division Series previous year.

"I think he will be a good fit for [Arizona]", Mooney said.

Drury and the Yankees have the same aspirations for 2018.

The players most immediately impacted by the deal would seem to be touted prospects Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar.

The 25-year-old Drury also has experience in the corner outfield spots, but the Yankees are well stocked there. Drury can play multiple positions including first base where he can backup Greg Bird.

"If I can add another starter, great", Cashman said. Drury will not be arbitration eligible until 2019 and can not become a free-agent until 2022.

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