The Arizona Diamondbacks have reportedly acquired outfielder Steven Souza from the Tampa Bay Rays as part of a three-team trade with the New York Yankees. As part of the trade, the Rays have received Yankees second base prospect Nick Solak, Yankees pitching prospect Taylor Widener, and Diamondbacks pitching prospect Anthony Banda.
J.D. Martinez is now signed with the Boston Red Sox, so the Arizona Diamondbacks are looking elsewhere to strengthen the outfield.
Drury will likely start the season as either the starting third or second baseman.
Drury has hit 29 homers the last two seasons combined, but worked with hitting gurus Craig Wallenbrock and Robert Van Scoyoc this offseason out in Los Angeles on trying to generate more power through the air. The 23-year-old starter was 7-8 with a 3.39 ERA with Tampa last season. 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.
In his first year of pro ball, Solak was second in the league with 77 hits for short season Class A Staten Island.
Drury had a nice season for the D-Backs a year ago and can play a number of positions. "And I think this is not a shocker to anybody".More news: Hearing yet to be set in Russian medallist doping case: CAS
Finally, the Yankees have added Drury to an infield that previously had a couple spots up for grabs at the start of spring training. He's also logged time in the outfield, playing both left and right field.
The Yankees have finally traded for Brandon Drury in a three-way deal with the Diamondbacks and Rays, The Post's Joel Sherman confirmed.
Ultimately, the Diamondbacks got the best out of this trade. Cashman didn't want to take a chance with two young players in Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres in the starting lineup.
NY isn't getting anything flashy with Drury at third, but he does provide a decent bat to place toward the bottom of the order that could flourish in the hitter-friendly ballpark that is Yankee Stadium.
Drury, 25, has played a handful of positions in his brief major league career.
Drury is under the Yankees' control for another four years, becoming arbitration-eligible in 2019.