March 23, 2018

Yankees acquire Diamondbacks' Brandon Drury in three-team deal

21 February 2018, 06:33 | Kristopher Drake

Brandon Drury 25 hit.267..317.467 for the D'Backs last year with 13 homers and 63 RBIs

Brandon Drury 25 hit.267..317.467 for the D'Backs last year with 13 homers and 63 RBIs

The Tampa Bay Rays have traded outfielder Steven Souza the Arizona Diamondbacks.

After losing J.D. Martinez to the Boston Red Sox, Arizona signed speedster Jarrod Dyson.

With both Dickerson and Souza leaving Tampa in the last week, the Rays are a little light in the outfield.

The Diamondbacks have traded infielder Brandon Drury to the New York Yankees. The Rays receive minor league second baseman Nick Solak from the Yankees and left-handed pitcher Anthony Banda and two players to be named later from the Diamondbacks. Minor league right-hander Taylor Widener moves from NY to Arizona. Another prospect, Miguel Andujar, was a leading candidate at third.

Solak, 23, was selected by the Yankees in the second round of the 2016 draft.

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Souza helps fill a power void in the Diamondbacks' outfield created by Martinez's departure. He spent last season between High-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton, hitting a combined.297/.384/.452 with 12 home runs, 53 RBI, 72 runs scored, and 14 stolen bases.

Now that the team has parted with some of its starting players, teams might be more aggressive in inquiring on Archer's availability, as the Rays would surely be able to fetch an impressive haul for him. He had a.351 on-base percentage and.810 OPS.

Brandon Drury of the Arizona Diamondbacks poses for a portrait during photo day at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on February 20, 2018, in Scottsdale, Ariz. Chris Owings or Ketel Marte could shift to second from shortstop, where Nick Ahmed also is back from injury. Over that span, he's seen time at six different positions while averaging 17 home runs and 40 doubles per 162 games played.

Drury's name had been mentioned in trade rumors throughout the winter. He isn't arbitration-eligible until 2019.

Banda will join former Moody player Michael Franco in the Rays organization. He posted a 5.39 ERA in 122 innings with the Triple-A Reno Aces of the Pacific Coast League. In 2017, Drury hit.267 with 13 homers and 63 RBI.

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