The Yankees acquired INF/OF Brandon Drury from ARI. As part of the trade, the Yankees sent INF Nick Solak to TB and RHP Taylor Widener to ARI. OF Steven Souza, Jr. went from TB to ARI, and LHP Anthony Banda from ARI to TB. To make room on the 40-man, OF Jabari Blash was DFAed
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The Yankees get a young infielder, who has decent potential and can play all positions, not just the infield, but the outfield too. Taylor Widener and Nick Solak are prospects, but they are not close to participating in the bigs and they’re coming from areas of depth. Jabari Blash has always been expendable even when people thought that Clint Frazier being traded was a sure thing.
Drury will likely start the season as either the starting third or second baseman. He’ll compete with both Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres for a starting spot. Throw Tyler Wade and Ronald Torreyes into the mix as potential opening day starters as well. The Yankees will benefit financially (looking at Hal) by starting the season with Torres and Andujar because even a three-week stint in Triple-A extends their free agency by a year.
So we could see Drury at third and, say, Wade at second for the first month of the season before the Yankees decide to change things up.