Brian Cashman did it again, dealing from a place of depth and getting back an extremely valuable piece in return. It is almost unfair just how good this 50-year old, wonderfully amazing human being has been when trading his assets and getting something back in return. Especially with the Diamondbacks.
Alright….this trade isn’t something some groundbreaking trade for a 6’6 245 lbs reigning NL MVP (oh yeah, we got Giancarlo Stanton this offseason as well.) but I mean Brandon Drury is a perfect fit for the 2018 New York Yankees.
The Yankees acquired Brandon Drury from the Diamondbacks on Tuesday as a part of a 3-team trade with the Rays. The Diamondbacks received Steven Souza along with Yankees prospect Taylor Widener and while the Rays got back Nick Solak from the Yankees.
This trade makes a ton of sense for the Yankees, a young and controllable bat who has versatility defensively and can slot in and play immediately. Drury is going into his age-25 season and has shown a little pop, hitting 37 doubles last year for the Diamondbacks.
This gives the Yankees the flexibility to give Miguel Andujar more time at the AAA level to work on his defensive skillset, and gives the Yankees another utility player. Drury has spent time playing all around the diamond logging games at every position other than Center Field, Catcher and Pitcher.
Solak is a second base prospect who was ranked in the top 10 for the Yankees farm system but was seemingly blocked by Gleyber Torres at the major league level and the feeling was that he would be expendable at some point.
Cashman really found a way to once again make this team much better without actually giving much up in order to do so. 20 years later and the guy is still a freakin’ wizard. Atta boy Cashman, atta boy.