The Yankees acquired second baseman Brandon Drury in a three-way trade Tuesday, adding a veteran presence to an otherwise mostly inexperienced infield. 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.
So, who did the Rays get back for RF Steven Souza Jr.?
Drury, who had heard rumors of a deal to NY all winter, is looking forward to moving back to third base, where he played the majority of his baseball career before being moved to second in 2017 to accommodate Arizona's emerging star, Jake Lamb. He went into a sophomore slump, as some would say, finishing the season with a.268 batting average and saw home run numbers drop from 16 to 13.
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.
Souza is coming off of a career year with the Rays.
A career.236 hitter, Souza has averaged 21 home runs and almost 12 steals over the past three seasons.
"I don't feel like I've done anything like I'm capable of the last couple years".
In his first year of pro ball, Solak was second in the league with 77 hits for short season Class A Staten Island.
Former Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder J.D. Martinez (28) hits a single during the third inning in game two of the 2017 NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. "And I think this is not a shocker to anybody". He'll compete with both Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres for a starting spot.
Drury is scheduled to work out with the Yankees on Thursday.
Ultimately, the Diamondbacks got the best out of this trade. He hit.286/.344/.429 in 30 games at that level, but in 100 games at High-A Tampa, Solak hit.301/.397/.460.
Cashman said he and scouts see Drury as "a player on the verge of blossoming", per Mike Mazzeo of the New York Daily News.
If he can do those things and continue to produce at the plate, the Yankees can catch lightning in a bottle with Drury and have another great young player to add to its core of young stars for the next few years.