Yankees acquire Diamondbacks' Brandon Drury in three-team deal

The Yankees dealt prospects Nick Solak to the Tampa Bay Rays and Taylor Widener to Arizona in the deal.

The three-deal trade announced on Tuesday was a win-win for the Yankees and Diamondbacks, while signalling a rebuild is in order for the Rays, who have designated outfielder Corey Dickerson for assignment and traded righty Jake Odorizzi in the past three days. 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.

MLB Pipeline ranked Solak as the eighth-best prospect in the Yankees' system and the fifth-best second base prospect in baseball, praising him for his ability to hit line drives as well as his speed.


Banda (BAHN-da), 24, made his major league debut for the Diamondbacks last season, appearing in eight games (four starts). Multiple starters and a high-end prospect are changing teams as of Tuesday. He started all 27 games he pitched and finished the season with a 3.39 ERA, striking out an impressive 9.7 hitters per nine. As well, infielder Brandon Drury is headed from Arizona to the Yankees, and the D-Backs send reliever Anthony Banda to Tampa. In 2015, he led the California League and ranked seventh among all minor league pitchers in strikeouts.

A second-round Yankees draft choice out of Louisville in 2016, Solak rose to the Double-A level last season and fared well with Double-A Trenton.

He was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 10th round of the 2012 June Draft out of San Jacinto College in Houston. He was named to the Florida State League postseason All-Star Team and was a Yankees Organizational All-Star by MLB.com. He is now ranked as the #5 second base prospect by MLB.com.


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