If you were one of those fans bemoaning the fact that the Yankees were heading into spring training with question marks at both second and third base, well, bemoan no more! Brian Cashman made a move that brought second baseman Brandon Drury to the Yankees from the Diamondbacks. It was part of a three-team trade that involved also the Rays who have been making moves in recent days. They traded Jake Odorizzi to the Twins over the weekend and now they’re sending to Steve Souza Jr. to the Diamondbacks. The Yankees sent minor league infielder Nick Solak to the Rays while minor league right-hander Taylor Widener is headed to the Diamondbacks.
As for Drury, he’s 25 and has only played two full seasons in the majors. But, over those two seasons, he’s batted .271/.319/.448 with 31 home runs and 124 RBI. His overall -7.9 FRAA (Fielding Runs Above Average) looks concerning but his 2.3 in 2017 is a big improvement over his -9.0 in 2016 when he divided his time in the field between left field, right field, second and third base.
Anyway, he’s a living, breathing above-replacement, major league second baseman who is “pumped” to be a New York Yankee and he’s cheap! He made $553,900 in 2017. Bonus!
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