In a surprising move that came down on Tuesday evening, the New York Yankees reportedly have acquired third baseman Brandon Drury from the Arizona Diamondbacks as part of a three-team deal. The Yankees dealt prospects Nick Solak to the Tampa Bay Rays and Taylor Widener to Arizona in the deal. Outfielder Steven Souza Jr. will also head to Arizona from Tampa in the deal.
The addition of Drury provides the Yankees with young and inexpensive experience to man third base should Miguel Andujar prove not to be ready to handle the job on an every day basis this spring; the 25-year old also has the ability to play second base. Drury made his MLB debut in 2015 and has blasted 31 homers and driven in 124 runs while slashing .271/.319/.448 in 289 career games in the big leagues. Drury will not be arbitration eligible until 2019 and cannot become a free-agent until 2022.
Solak, who was ranked 11th on the Pinstriped Prospects top-75 Yankees prospect list last month, is the lone player heading to Tampa in this deal. As the Rays have seemingly began a late-winter fire sale in February, Solak figures to be a major part of the rebuilding efforts in Tampa. The Yankees selected Solak out of Louisville University in 2016 and he reached the Double-A level in his first full-season of pro-ball. The 23-year old Solak opened the 2017 season with High-A Tampa and slashed an impressive .301/.397/.460 over 240 at-bats; Solak had 17 doubles, four triples, and ten home runs while driving in 44 runs. He also stole 13 bases in 17 attempts. Solak earned a late-season call-up to Double-A Trenton where in he hit .286/.344/.429 over the final 30 games.
Heading to Arizona along with Souza is pitcher Taylor Widener, who was ranked 15th on our top-75 prospect countdown. The 23-year old right-hander was a 12th round pick in 2016 out of the University of South Carolina and went 7-8 with a 3.39 ERA in 119 1/3 innings spanning 27 starts for High-A Tampa in his first full-season. Widener earned a call-up to Double-A Trenton for their postseason run to the Eastern League championship series and famously partnered with Justus Sheffield to toss a postseason no-hitter against Binghamton. In 157 2/3 career innings, Widener has fanned 188 and walked just 57.
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