After what seemed like the longest offseason of all time, it finally seems that teams are starting to make deals: Yu Darvish to the Cubs, Eric Hosmer to the Padres, and JD Martinez to the Red Sox, to name the big deals that have happened recently. However, the Yankees this offseason decided to not go the normal pathway of free agency to complete their roster this season. Instead, they have been pushing trades all offseason, most notably acquiring Giancarlo Stanton from the Marlins.
Likewise, considering that the Yankees now have Aaron Judge's home run slugging partner on the team, they decided to get a player whose name works perfectly well in Brandon Drury, who is coming to the Bronx from the Diamondbacks in a three-team trade. Jon Heyman was first to report the trade.
This trade is between the Yankees, Rays, and Diamondbacks, where the Yankees have sent 2B Nick Solak to the Rays and Taylor Widener to the Diamondbacks, the Rays sent Steven Souza Jr. to the Diamondbacks, and the Diamondbacks sent the Yankees Brandon Drury.
Brandon Drury is listed as a 2B, OF, and 3B (in that order) according to BaseballReference.com, and looks to be the Yankees newest utility man in competition with both the prospects Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres for a starting role, and Ronald Torreyes for the main infield back-up job.
Last year, Drury hit to a .267/.317/.447 clip with 13 home runs in 135 games. This season he was projected to hit .272/.325/.459 with 16 home runs as the starting second baseman with the Diamondbacks.
Here are some tweets about the trade: