Yankees Add Drury, D-Backs Get Souza In 3-Team Trade

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On the Yankees' side of things, Drury, 25, fills a need for infield depth at second and third. Drury hit.267 with 13 homers and 63 RBI in 135 games with Arizona last season. However, the biggest strength of Drury is his ability to the play the field at an elite level at multiple positions. Archie Bradley said on MLB Network's "Intentional Talk" last week, "there's an empty locker over there, I'll let you guys read whatever you want into that".

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. Widener profiles more as a bullpen arm but had a strong season as a starter in advanced-A previous year.

Drury is scheduled to work out with the Yankees on Thursday. He'll compete with both Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres for a starting spot. 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. Since 2012, he is ranked second in Major League Baseball with an 84% stolen base percentage.

The three-deal trade announced on Tuesday was a win-win for the Yankees and Diamondbacks, while signalling a rebuild is in order for the Rays, who have designated outfielder Corey Dickerson for assignment and traded righty Jake Odorizzi in the past three days.

The 25-year-old Drury also has experience in the corner outfield spots, but the Yankees are well stocked there.

Drury described his playing style. He's a young, talented player who has some pop in his bat and has a lot of potential with this young Yankees squad. "This allows us, if we so choose, to buy more (development) time". He's struck out over 100 times in each of the past two seasons and needs to firm up his skills defensively, primarily with being more short-handed with the glove. The Drury addition likely means that the Yankees are no longer in the market for free-agent infielders like Mike Moustakas and Neil Walker.

"If I can add another starter, great", Cashman said. His play and development this year may show that he's a second or third baseman of the future for the Yankees.

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.



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