The New York Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks and Tampa Bay Rays have pulled off a three-way trade that will improve the infield depth in the Bronx, give the D’backs a starting outfielder and add to the Rays’ farm system, according to several reports.
“Source: Dbacks have acquired Steven Souza from Rays in three-team deal. Brandon Drury is headed to the Yankees.”
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The headliner in the deal is outfielder Steven Souza, who goes from the Rays to the Diamondbacks. The trade first was reported by The Arizona Republic, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK.
Souza, 28, hit 30 home runs and stole 16 bases last season for Tampa Bay and is the second power hitter the Rays have jettisoned in less than a week. They previously designated DH Corey Dickerson (27 HR in 2017) for assignment Saturday to make room for first baseman C.J. Cron.
Souza came to the Rays in another three-way trade with the Washington Nationals and San Diego Padres in December 2014 that also involved shortstop Trea Turner and 1B/OF Wil Myers.
Arizona also receives Yankees pitching prospect Taylor Widener, 23, a right-hander who pitched at High-A Tampa last season.
The Yankees get second baseman Brandon Drury, 25, who hit .267 in 135 games with Arizona. He appears to be the front-runner to start for New York – which would delay the major league debut for top prospect Gleyber Torres.
The Rays receive second base prospect Nick Solak, 23, who hit .286 last season for the Yankees’ Class AA Trenton (N.J.) team, and left-handed pitcher Anthony Banda, 24, from the D’backs.
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Source: The Associated Press
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