Rays trade Souza in three-team deal that nets prospects
- Author: Angelo Rivera Feb 21, 2018,
Feb 21, 2018, 3:26
The Tampa Bay Rays continue to reduce their roster dealing Steven Souza Jr.to the Arizona Diamondbacks in a three team deal with the New York Yankees. The Diamondbacks will also receive prospect Taylor Widener from the Yankees, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Souza, who before last season was known mostly for his frequent highlight reel plays in the outfield, flashed some big power in 2017 with a career best 30 homers.
Update (6:35 PM ET): This is a three-team deal also involving the Diamondbacks, per Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic.
After trading third baseman Chase Headley and second baseman Starlin Castro this offseason, and not re-signing free agent third baseman Todd Frazier, the Yankees were looking to add a veteran infielder in case either touted prospect Gleyber Torres or Miguel Andujar isn't ready to crack the starting lineup as a rookie. He was the D-backs Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2016, going 10-6 with a 2.88 ERA (150-IP, 48-ER) and 152 strikeouts in 26 starts between Double-A Mobile and Reno.
The versatile Drury has started 269 games for Arizona at six different positions over the last two seasons, with the majority of those in 2017 coming at second base.
The addition of Drury provides the Yankees with young and low-cost 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. Last season he split time between the High-A Tampa Yankees and the Double-A Trenton Thunder. Widener was ranked as the Yankees' No. 22 prospect. 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.
Nick Solak, 23, was drafted by the Yankees in the second round in 2016 out of the University of Louisville.