The New York Yankees have agreed to trade their number 8 prospect, 2B Nick Solak, along with prospect RHP Taylor Widener, in a three team trade. In return, the Yankees received 2B/3B Brandon Drury from the Arizona Diamondbacks. The full trade details were:
Tampa Bay Rays receive:
This is a good deal for the Yankees. In a previous article I wrote, I mentioned potential candidates for the Yankees to fill a need at 2nd or 3rd base were Eduardo Nunez, Neil Walker or Mike Moustakas. Instead of breaking the bank on those guys for a one year deal which could’ve cost up to $15 million, the Yanks traded for Drury who makes close to the league minimum.
From here, I believe that Drury will be the opening day second basemen (so Gleyber Torres can wait 3 weeks and Yankees can gain an extra year of control), meanwhile I think Miguel Andujar will be the opening day 3rd baseman. It will be a competition even when Torres is ready, but Drury is capable. He plays 2nd, 3rd, and can back up Greg Bird at first base.
I was a big Solak fan from his days at Louisville, but this was a deal the Yankees had to make. Drury, who is just 25 years old, provides the Yankees with options in the field as opening day approaches. Last season, Drury hit .267 with 13 home runs and 63 RBI’s. I have all my faith in Brian Cashman, and hey, the last trade he made to acquire a young infielder from Arizona worked out pretty well.
Drury still has a lot of untapped potential, and will thrive in this lineup. It would’ve been hard to see the Yankees heading into 2018 with two rookies starting in the infield, and Drury is a solid, and cheap option, as the Yankees still try to stay below the luxury tax threshold.
All Moustakas and Yankees talk should be just about as good as over now, and barring any trades, the Yankees starting lineup may be set, and here’s what I think it will be:
LF- Gardner, RF- Judge, 1B- Bird, DH- Stanton, SS- Gregorius, C- Sanchez, CF- Hicks, 2B- Drury, 3B- Andujar.
Aaron Boone has a lot of toys to play with this season.