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Yankees Shore Up Infield, Acquire Drury From Diamondbacks In 3-Team Trade

Yankees Shore Up Infield, Acquire Drury From Diamondbacks In 3-Team Trade

Souza Jr., 28, was honored with the Don Zimmer Award, given to the Rays Most Valuable Player, by the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America last season.

In Tuesday's deal the Yankees sent second-base prospect Nick Solak to the Rays and righty Taylor Widener to the Diamondbacks, while the Rays sent outfielder Steven Souza to Arizona.

The Rays will acquire Yankees minor league second baseman Nick Solak, FanRag Sports has learned. He hit.239/.351/.459 (125-for-523) and established career highs with 148 games, 78 runs, 125 hits, 21 doubles, 30 home runs, 78 RBI, 84 walks and 16 stolen bases.

This story will be updated. Drury is capable of playing both second base and third base, and it remains to be seen whether the Yankees prefer him at one spot over the other.

Drury could start at either spot, spending most of his time at second baseman a year ago with the Diamondbacks. After trading Souza and starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi this offseason, Tampa Bay appears to be in rebuilding mode. This is the way the Rays operated for the last couple of years. Souza should team up with A.J. Pollock and David Peralta to form Arizona's primary outfield, with Dyson as the fourth outfielder.

The Yankees acquired second baseman Brandon Drury in a three-way trade Tuesday, adding a veteran presence to an otherwise mostly inexperienced infield. That could leave Yasmany Tomas struggling to find at-bats. 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. Finally, while the Rays added to an already strong farm system, but they continue to hurt their chances of competing in 2018.


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