The Purge Continues: Rays Deal Souza To Diamondbacks

Jonathan Hernandez
February 21, 2018

In a three-way trade Tuesday, Arizona dealt infielder Brandon Drury to the New York Yankees and received slugging right fielder Steven Souza from the Tampa Bay Rays. NY gave up two prospects in the deal - right-handed pitcher Taylor Widener is going to Arizona, and second baseman Nick Solak to the Tampa Bay Rays.

The D-backs clearly hope Souza, who turns 29 in April, can help replace the loss of Martinez, who hit a career-high 45 home runs in 2017.

From Woodridge, Ill., he played at Naperville (Ill.) High, which produced 16-year Major League Baseball vet Jerry Hairston. He made his debut in 2014 with the Washington Nationals, the team that selected him in the third round of the 2007 amateur draft.

The Diamondbacks sent Brandon Drury to the Yankees as the Diamondbacks acquired Steven Souza in the deal.

Souza makes $3.5 million in 2018 and has three years of team control remaining.

John Gambadoro of 98.7 FM, Arizona's Sports Station first tweeted about what the D-Backs were getting in the trade and who they were giving up.

Drury played mostly second base for Arizona but came up through the minors as a third baseman and could fill that spot for the Yankees, who have top prospect Gleyber Torres penciled in at second.

Drury gives the Yankees a new option at third base or second base, where NY was projected to start a pair of rookies.

In six minor-league seasons, Banda was 40-34 with a 3.83 ERA in 130 games/113 starts.

Solak, 23, split last season between high Class A and Double-A, hitting a combined.297 with a.384 on-base percentage, a.452 slugging percentage, 12 homers and 53 RBIs in 130 games.

Banda, 24, struggled through four starts with Arizona last season but looked stronger in four subsequent relief appearances. had him ranked as the Yankees No. 8 prospect.

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