Tuesday, February 20, 2018
The Yankees, Rays and D-backs swung a three-way deal on Tuesday, with Arizona infielder Brandon Drury heading to New York and Tampa Bay outfielder Steven Souza Jr. and right-hander Taylor Widener, New York’s No. 14-ranked prospect, going to Arizona.
The Rays acquired Yankees No. 8 prospect Nick Solak and D-backs No. 4 prospect Anthony Banda. Tampa Bay will also receive two players to be named later from Arizona.
Well, as we know by now, once Brian Cashman sets his eyes on a player, he really doesn’t like to give up on them. Drury has been rumored to be someone that Cashman has been interested in for a number of years now.
Drury hasn’t been that good, but he’s still young (so he has a chance to improve) and he gives the Yankees a bit more certainty in their lineup next year. It would be nicer if he batted left, but at least he can play either second or third. He would be an excellent utility infielder if neither Andujar nor Torres flops. I suspect that he’ll start the season as the starting second baseman and then move to the bench or third base when Torres comes up (dependent on how well Andujar plays).
Solak was always likely to be used as a trade piece, but the inclusion of Widener was a bit annoying.
The annoying thing is that this takes the Yankees out of the running for a legit bat at second or third (like Neil Walker) and thus maintains most of the uncertainty that they were going to have going into next season anyways (it DOES reduce it slightly though).