Rays purge continues, OF Souza Jr. traded

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The Arizona Diamondbacks didn't take long to find their apparent replacement for J.D. Martinez, as they reportedly acquired hard-hitting right-fielder Steven Souza from the Tampa Bay Rays in a three-team trade Tuesday. The Yankees will receive minor league pitcher Taylor Weidner from Arizona to complete the deal.

The Rays received second baseman prospect Nick Solak from the Yankees and pitcher Anthony Banda and two players to be named from the Diamondbacks.

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.

Of course, Drury could also be New York's primary third baseman with Tyler Wade and Ronald Torreyes handling second base. The 28-year-old outfielder is under control through 2020. Drury made his MLB debut in 2015 and has blasted 31 homers and driven in 124 runs while slashing.271/.319/.448 in 289 career games in the big leagues.

Drury batted.267 with 13 home runs and 63 RBIs last season.

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Drury could start at either spot, spending most of his time at second baseman past year with the Diamondbacks.

The three-deal trade announced on Tuesday was a win-win for the Yankees and Diamondbacks, while signalling a rebuild is in order for the Rays, who have designated outfielder Corey Dickerson for assignment and traded righty Jake Odorizzi in the past three days.

Souza is the latest starter to be let go by the Rays, who are in rebuilding mode. "And I think this is not a shocker to anybody. I think we have a good group in here". Widener was ranked 15th and Solak 18th in the Yanks' farm system, according to Law.

Currently, Baseball America ranks him as the 10th best left-handed prospect in the game.

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