Major League Baseball rumors: Yankees projected 2018 lineup after Brandon Drury trade

Major League Baseball rumors: Yankees projected 2018 lineup after Brandon Drury trade

In the three-team deal, the Diamondbacks acquired outfielder Steven Souza from the Rays and pitching prospect Taylor Widener from the Yankees.

The Rays will acquire Yankees minor league second baseman Nick Solak, FanRag Sports has learned.

J.D. Martinez is now signed with the Boston Red Sox, so the Arizona Diamondbacks are looking elsewhere to strengthen the outfield.

Drury, who had heard rumors of a deal to NY all winter, is looking forward to moving back to third base, where he played the majority of his baseball career before being moved to second in 2017 to accommodate Arizona's emerging star, Jake Lamb.

Drury is entering his fourth big-league season.

Souza hit.239 with 30 homers and 78 RBI in 148 games previous year with Tampa Bay. As a rookie in 2016, he hit.282 with 16 homers. The 23-year-old right-hander finished the 2017 season in High-A ball.

The three-deal trade announced on Tuesday was a win-win for the Yankees and Diamondbacks, while signalling a rebuild is in order for the Rays, who have designated outfielder Corey Dickerson for assignment and traded righty Jake Odorizzi in the past three days.

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"He became a lot more consistent of a player a year ago", he said on 98.7 FM Arizona's Sports Station's Burns & Gambo Tuesday.

With added strength and better hitting mechanics, Drury is hoping to turn 10-15 of the 37 doubles he hit in 2017 into homers.

"This guy I think has a chance to be a more than just a quality everyday player", Cashman said about Drury to reporters on Wednesday.

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. Miguel Andujar has a chance to earn the third base job during spring training, which could push Drury to second base.

Playing every day is something Drury didn't get regularly with the Diamondbacks, splitting time and serving as a defensive replacement off the bench. Dyson will likely play a backup role for each of the outfield positions and bring some athleticism and energy off of the bench. In 100 games at the Class-A level, he led the Florida State League with a.397 on-base percentage and ranked second in batting avg.

Drury is under the Yankees' control for another four years, becoming arbitration-eligible in 2019.

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