SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The Arizona Diamondbacks sent infielder Brandon Drury to the New York Yankees and received outfielder Steven Souza Jr. from the Tampa Bay Rays in a three-team trade Tuesday that included five players plus two to be named later.
The deal was announced one day after former Diamondbacks slugger J.D. Martinez agreed to a $110 million, five-year contract with Boston, pending a physical. Arizona has moved quickly to fill that hole in the outfield, signing speedy Jarrod Dyson to a $7.5 million, two-year contract on Monday before trading for Souza.
Souza will be the starter at one corner outfield position, with Dyson subbing at all three spots.
Drury gives the Yankees a new option at third base or second base, where New York was projected to start a pair of rookies.
Top pitching prospect Anthony Banda goes from Arizona to the Rays, who also get minor league second baseman Nick Solak from the Yankees and two players to be named from the Diamondbacks. Minor league right-hander Taylor Widener moves from New York to Arizona.
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. Another prospect, Miguel Andujar, was a leading candidate at third.
New York traded All-Star second baseman Starlin Castro to Miami this offseason in the blockbuster deal for slugger Giancarlo Stanton. Chase Headley was sent to San Diego in a cost-cutting swap, and fellow third baseman Todd Frazier signed with the crosstown Mets as a free agent.
The 25-year-old Drury also has experience in the corner outfield spots, but the Yankees are well stocked there.
Souza helps fill a power void in Arizona’s outfield created by Martinez’s departure. Martinez had 29 home runs and 65 RBIs in 62 games with Arizona last season after being acquired from Detroit, but the Diamondbacks knew it was a long shot they’d be able to afford to retain him.
Drury hit .267 with 13 home runs and 63 RBIs in 135 games for Arizona last season. To make room for him on the 40-man roster, the Yankees designated outfielder Jabari Blash for assignment.
Souza, 28, batted .239 with a career-high 30 home runs and 78 RBIs last year. He had a .351 on-base percentage and .810 OPS.
Hosmer signs with Padres
For a few years now, the lowly San Diego Padres have preached about “the process” of their deep rebuild via the draft and signing international players after their win-now attempt with pricey veterans failed so spectacularly in 2015.
That process now includes 28-year-old first baseman Eric Hosmer and his potential $144 million contract, a testament to the strength of the Padres’ farm system and the willingness of ownership to spend money.
Owners Peter Seidler and Ron Fowler consider the signing a “significant moment” in Padres history.
“Speaking for Ron and myself, when you have to sign a check like that you better have a smile on your face, and we do,” Seidler said Tuesday after Hosmer was introduced at a news conference.
The draft and player development will remain core principles, “but to get a player and person like Eric Hosmer is a big piece of where we are and what we want to do,” Seidler said.
Hosmer has been asked to play a leadership role with the Padres after his experience in Kansas City, where he won a World Series with the Royals in 2015. He said he looks forward to that role, having seen the many young players the organization is developing in the major and minor leagues.