Yankees trade for Brandon Drury in 3-team deal

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.

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Yankees trade rumors: Ellsbury was never asked to waive his no-trade clause

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MLB Rumors: Yankees will watch Tim Lincecum’s workout

Tim Lincecum hasn’t pitched at all since 2016 and hasn’t had a good season since 2011. People call this high-risk, high-reward, but this seems like medium reward, even in the best-case scenario. Still, we’re talking about a two-time Cy Young Award winner, the Yankees have got to go see him workout.

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MLB Rumors: Yankees keeping in touch with Mike Moustakas


Via Jon Heyman:

Yankees people do like Moustakas, and they could surely see big production with their short porch in right field (Moustakas set a Royals record with 38 home runs playing home games in pitcher-friendly Kauffman Stadium), but they do seem to be spending more time on rotation help, at least at the moment. Speaking about the seemingly small Moustakas chances, one Yankees-connected person said, “It has nothing to do with the player, it’s the money.”

If they can work it out, the Yankees would be interested in a short-term deal. Everything points to the Yankees wanting to do only short-term deals with a third baseman; they are staying below the threshold for a presumed run at superstar shortstop/third baseman Manny Machado, a star of next year’s mega free agent market.

The Yankees still have about $22 million left to spend this offseason. Even if Mike Moustakas settles on a one-year deal $22 million might not be enough to get it done, or would leave them with no space to add players throughout the season.

If they did manage to make it work, a deal wouldn’t necessarily have to block Miguel Andujar because the Yankees don’t have a set DH so even without injuries they could get him in 50-80 games with no problem.

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