LADY AT THE BAT: Trade Breakdown: Brandon Drury To The Yankees

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Trade Breakdown: Brandon Drury To The Yankees

We first heard the name Brandon Drury mentioned in connection to the Yankees around the same time Manny Machado's popped up. There was a rumor that the team could acquire both Drury and pitcher Patrick Corbin. Corbin is still a Diamondback. Drury is headed to Tampa.

This deal was a a no-brainer, of course. Drury is only 25, can play both 2B and 3B and is under financial control. In 2017, in 135 games, he hit .267 with 13 HRs and 63 RBIs. A solid season.

The question now is: what happens to highly-touted prospect Miguel Andujar?

The word is that Andujar has just as much of a chance to be the Opening Day 3B as Drury does. I suppose that, if Andujar outplays Drury during spring training, that can happen. However, could both Drury and Ronald Torreyes stay on the roster? Sounds like an extra backup infielder to me, neither of whom can play 1B. Tyler Austin is the main candidate for backup 1B right now, but he's just as likely to get hurt as Greg Bird is.

I'm sure these things will work themselves out. After all, none of these guys is making a ton of money. It's not like the Jacoby Ellsbury situation. I simply cannot see a viable solution to that problem, especially with Ellsbury saying the Yankees never asked him to wave his no-trade clause. Sadly, it looks as if Clint Frazier could spend the season in Scranton, if he is not traded.

Then again, it is only February 21st. Plenty of time for things to be straightened out. And, if anyone can straighten them out, it's Brian Cashman.

First exhibition game Friday. It cannot come fast enough!

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