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Yankees reportedly acquire Brandon Drury in trade with Rays, Diamondbacks

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Nick Solak and Taylor Widener are on the move as the Bombers get their infielder.

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It took until spring training, but the Yankees landed their infield insurance.

According to multiple repots, the Bombers have acquired Brandon Drury from the Diamondbacks in a three-team trade. Second base prospect Nick Solak and left-handed pitcher Anthony Banda will go to Tampa Bay, while Steven Souza and Taylor Widener are off to Arizona.

Drury, 25, is a career .271/.319/.448 hitter with a little pop. Last season he authored a .267/.317/.447 batting line with 13 home runs. He has experience at both second and third base and has played the outfield before. Drury’s defense, however, has always been in question. He will likely hold down an infield spot while Miguel Andujar or Gleyber Torres develop, and then round out the bench.

Solak was the team’s eight best prospect according to MLB.com. A second baseman, he hit .297/.384/.452 with 12 home runs for High-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton. Solak was the Yankees’ second round pick in 2016. Based on the transaction tree, the Rays essentially turned Trea Turner into Solak.

Widener was also a product of the 2016 draft. The Yankees selected him in the 12th round. He was in camp as a non-roster invite after posting a 3.39 ERA (3.05 FIP) over 119.1 innings for High-A Tampa. The right-hander sat in the number 14 spot on the Yankees’ top 30 prospects.

This is an interesting trade. It will likely allow the Yankees to keep Torres in Triple-A long enough to gain an extra year of control. At the same time, it probably takes them out of the running for free agents Mike Moustakas and Neil Walker. They will also have to make room on the 40-man roster.

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