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 Jr.to the Arizona Diamondbacks, sources tell ESPN's Buster Olney. NY gave up two prospects in the deal - right-handed pitcher Taylor Widener is going to Arizona, and second baseman Nick Solak to the Tampa Bay Rays. Drury played mostly second base for Arizona, but came up through the minors at third. With the Rays trading away players left and right, Arizona pounced on Souza and his 30 home runs from a season ago.
Drury is entering his fourth big-league season. Martinez, who signed a five-year deal with the Boston Red Sox on Monday, but Souza is under team control for three more seasons. Still, he provides additional pop in a lineup that already has Paul Goldschmidt, Jake Lamb, AJ Pollock, and Yasmany Tomas, along with many other guys who helped contribute to the club hitting a franchise record 220 home runs last season. He's 23, and last season he pitched in the High-A Florida State League. "I think all those things will serve him well". Clearly there was some hope amongst the players and coaching staff that Martinez would rejoin the Dbacks after having so much success with the team past year.
Drury and the Yankees have the same aspirations for 2018. Cashman didn't want to take a chance with two young players in Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres in the starting lineup. 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.
Playing every day is something Drury didn't get regularly with the Diamondbacks, splitting time and serving as a defensive replacement off the bench.
In 100 games at FSL, the right-handed hitter hit.301 with a league-high.397 on-base percentage.
The 25-year-old Drury also has experience in the corner outfield spots, but the Yankees are well stocked there.
The Yankees during the offseason sent third baseman Chase Headley to San Diego in a cost-cutting swap, and fellow third baseman Todd Frazier signed with the crosstown Mets as a free agent. Dyson said he'll play wherever he is needed.