3-way trade sends Souza to D-backs, Drury to Yanks

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Souza broke out a year ago, hitting 30 homers with an OPS of.810.

This is a trade that can help all three teams achieve their goals.

For their part the Diamondbacks sent Brandon Drury to the New York Yankees.

Trading away Souza pushes the Rays in the direction of a full-scale rebuild.

This will likely bring more attention to Rays pitcher Chris Archer, who has frequently come up in trade discussions over the past few seasons. Without those three, as well as Logan Morrison, who remains unsigned, the Rays have a dearth of power in their lineup. Outfielder Steven Souza Jr. will also head to Arizona from Tampa in the deal. Denard Span, Kevin Kiermaier, and Mallex Smith figure to be the team's starting outfielders.

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As for the prospects involved, the Rays get Solak, a 23-year-old second baseman and former second-rounder. He could be ready to push for a major league spot this time next year. Banda will be added to the 40-man roster. The right-handed Widener, headed to the D-Backs, has pitched to a 2.68 ERA and 3.30 K/BB ratio in 29 minor-league starts and 11 relief appearances.

After losing J.D. Martinez to the Boston Red Sox, Arizona signed speedster Jarrod Dyson. That could leave Yasmany Tomas struggling to find at-bats. They also have Daniel Descalso for infield depth.

The Yankees and D'Backs had talks about Drury during the Winter Meetings.

Robert Murray of FanRag Sports reports that the Rays will acquire second base prospect Nick Solak from the Yankees. In addition, his combination of homers and steals has been unmatched in franchise history and was matched by only four others in the majors in 2017: Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks (36-HR, 18-SB), Brian Dozier of the Minnesota Twins (34-HR, 16-SB), Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels (33-HR, 22-SB) and Wil Myers of the San Diego Padres (30-HR, 20-SB).

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