Arizona Diamondbacks Add Jarrod Dyson and Steven Souza Jr

Arizona Diamondbacks Add Jarrod Dyson and Steven Souza Jr

Arizona Diamondbacks Add Jarrod Dyson and Steven Souza Jr

The New York Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks and Tampa Bay Rays put together a three-team trade early in spring training. The Rays receive minor league second baseman Nick Solak from the Yankees and left-handed pitcher Anthony Banda and two players to be named later from the Diamondbacks.

He won't be able to do everything J.D. Martinez did for the Arizona Diamondbacks a year ago, but Steven Souza will be the main player tasked with replacing him.

Drury played predominantly at second base last season, although he has seen action in dozens of games at third base and in the outfield, too, in his young career. He went into a sophomore slump, as some would say, finishing the season with a.268 batting average and saw home run numbers drop from 16 to 13.

Drury is entering his fourth big-league season.

Souza, 28, batted.239 with a career-high 30 home runs and 78 RBIs previous year. Then, on Tuesday evening, the D-backs were a part of a three-team trade with the Yankees and the Rays. The latest salvo features the Diamondbacks, Rays and Yankees, and ends with a 30-homer bat heading to the desert, a versatile infielder moving to the Bronx and the Rays continuing their rapid teardown.

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At 25 years old, Drury has just scratched the surface in his abilities and his two full years in major leagues have shown that he has the potential to be a good, all-around ball player. Of course, Drury could also be New York's primary third baseman with Tyler Wade and Ronald Torreyes handling second base.

Drury's offensive numbers have been very home-heavy.

NY isn't getting anything flashy with Drury at third, but he does provide a decent bat to place toward the bottom of the order that could flourish in the hitter-friendly ballpark that is Yankee Stadium.

"He is someone I think the industry has valued for a while because I know we have", Cashman said.

Before the trade, Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres were widely believed to be the favorites to win the Yankees' starting third and second basemen jobs, respectively. He was traded by the Brewers along with outfielder Mitch Haniger to the Diamondbacks at the 2014 trade deadline in exchange for outfielder Gerardo Parra. Dyson said he'll play wherever he is needed.

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