The New York Yankees have acquired 25-year-old Brandon Drury from the Arizona Diamondback in the three-way trade also involving the Tampa Bay Rays.
FanRag Sports’ Robert Murray was the first to report on the deal. Initially, the only part of the deal that was reported was of Yankees’ minor-leaguer Nick Solak heading to Tampa Bay.
A short while later, Jon Heyman, also of FRS, confirmed that the deal was indeed a three-way trade that was sending Steven Souza, Jr. to Arizona, Solak and Diamondbacks’ left-handed pitching prospect Anthony Banda to the Rays, with Brandon Drury heading to the Bronx.
Earlier this week, Jim Bowden of The Athletic named the Yankees as his picks to sign free-agent third-baseman Mike Moustakas on what he referred to as a “pillow deal”. This move likely takes the Yanks out of the Moose Sweepstakes.
Drury is expected to compete for the Yanks’ starting job at second base. Highly-touted prospect Gleyber Torres is expected to also throw his hat into the conversation, though Drury will likely claim the Opening Day nod.
Over the course of three major-league seasons, Drury has proven to be a capable player both in the field and at the plate. His career slash line is .271/.319/.448 and he’s averaged 17 HR and 70 RBI. He’s not a huge strikeout-risk, going down on strikes just 103 times in 445 at-bats last season.
Drury has spent time at third base, second base, as well as playing both corner outfield positions. He seems to be most comfortable at either second or in the outfield, as his fielding percentage at those positions are .976 and .986, respectively.
He should give the Yanks another option in a few different areas that were lacking depth, if not their starting second-baseman until Torres is ready to assume the position.