Miami, Fla. — The Yankees just acquired Brandon Drury from the D-backs on a three-team trade that also involved the Rays.
The trade sent a pair of Minor League prospects: infielder Nick Solak to Tampa Bay and right-hander Taylor Widener to Arizona. To make room for Drury on the 40-man roster, outfielder Jabari Blash was designated for assignment.
To complete the transaction, outfielder Steven Souza Jr was traded from Tampa Bay to Arizona, and left-hander Anthony Banda moved from Arizona to Tampa Bay along with two players to be named.
I think this transaction means that either Torres or Andujar (or maybe both) won’t be in the team starting 2018 season. The transaction also provides additional depth in the infield.
This player was in the Brian Cashman mind since December last year and he was in conversation with Arizona ever since. Until this Tuesday he finally made it happen.
Last season, Drury hit 267 with 13 homers and 63 RBIs in 135 games. He played mostly second base last year (109 starts). But he has also seen time at third base and the outfields during his three seasons in the Majors. He’s never been able to have more than 500 at bats in a season. His best year in homeruns was 2016 when he hit 16. 2017
Since we all know that Yankees have a very deep minor league roster, let’s look at the guys that were sent away. Nick Solak, 23-year-old, was rated as the Yankees’ No. 8 prospect. He hit 297 with 12 homers and 53 RBIs in 130 games for Class A and AA last year.
Taylor Widener, also 23, playing for Tampa in 2017, went 7-8 with a 3.39 ERA and 129 strikeouts. He finished on top of 3 different categories for the Florida State League: WHIP (1.15), opponents’ batting average (206) and strikeouts per 9 innings (9.73). Widener was the Yanks’ No. 14 prospect.
Could this be the final piece in the puzzle or maybe neither Torres or Andujar are ready and the next move is to sign a thrid base like Mike Moustakas for a year? Let’s see what happen in the next weeks.
This might be the Yankees opening day lineup now:
LF- Brett Gardner
SS- Didi Gregorius
DH- Giancarlo Stanton
RF- Aaron Judge
C- Gary Sanchez
1B- Greg Bird
3B-Gleyber Torres/Miguel Andujar
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Alfre Alvarez, conocido como “El Cirujano del Béisbol”, creador del blog: “Con Las Bases Llenas” (https://conlasbasesllenas.com), escribe para 990 ESPN Deportes, Sports Made in USA, Empire Sports Media y la revista “Pisa y Corre”. Locutor y co-creador de Radiografía Deportiva, un programa radial deportivo en NMMiami.com y además creador y locutor de los podcast: “Con Las Bases Llenas” y “La Semana de los Bombarderos”.
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