Yanks get Drury, Arizona acquires Souza


Playing in a prominent role for Tampa Bay since arriving in 2015, Souza has had at least 400 at-bats for the Rays and topped over 600 previous year, playing in 148 games.

The 25-year-old Drury also has experience in the corner outfield spots, but the Yankees are well stocked there. Arizona also gets Widener who will give them some more minor league pitching depth after giving up Banda, who was their fourth-ranked prospect. He's owed $3.55 million for the upcoming season, and he's not eligible for free agency until after the 2020 season. Solak was the team's eighth best prospect and Widener 14th per MLBpipeline.com at the end of past year.

The Diamondbacks were stacked in the infield already with Chris Owings, Nick Ahmed, and Ketel Marte all having the ability to play anywhere in the field and Daniel Descalso taking primary second base duties as the season went down a year ago.

Playing at expansive Chase Field in Arizona, the 25-year-old managed to put up 162-game averages of 17 home runs and 70 RBI to go with a.271 career batting average. Per ESPN Stats & Info, that leaves the Yankees with around $40 million of cushion beneath their luxury tax threshold of $197 million, allowing them to go after another pitcher to help bolster the starting rotation.

For the Yankees, infielder Brandon Drury looks to be their new second baseman, having previously sent Starlin Castro to the Marlins. That will not replace what J.D. Daniel Descalso can play all the infield positions, plus the outfield. He also struggled with the Diamondbacks Triple-A affiliate Reno Aces going 8-7 with a 5.39 ERA.

Anthony Banda, 24, got his first taste of the big leagues last season and struggled posting a 2-3 record with a 5.96 ERA.

Pollock, Tomas, and Dyson all spent significant amounts of time on the disabled list last season but in their best seasons, like Souza and Peralta, have been some of the best in the league.

Widener, 23, will be a non-roster invitee to Diamondbacks spring training.