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D’Backs Acquire Steven Souza Jr. From Rays, Yankees Land Brandon Drury In Three-Team Trade



In a three-team trade finalized on Tuesday, the Arizona Diamondbacks acquired right fielder Steven Souza Jr. from the Tampa Bay Rays, while Arizona sent third baseman Brandon Drury to the New York Yankees.

Here’s the full breakdown:

ARI- 3B Brandon Drury, LHP Anthony Banda, two players to be named
NYY- 2B Nick Solak, RHP Taylor Widener
TB- RF Steven Souza Jr.

ARI- Souza Jr., Widener
NYY- Drury
TB- Banda, Solak, two players to be named

Drury, 25, is coming off his second full season as Arizona’s third baseman. This past season, he hit .267/.317/.447 with 13 homers, 37 doubles, and 63 RBIs, following up his slightly better 2016 rookie campaign in which he hit .282/.329/.458 with 16 homers and 53 RBIs.

With the Yankees losing Chase Headley via a trade and Todd Frazier via free agency this offseason, Drury fills the third base hole the Yankees have been looking for. He joins an already scary projected lineup that includes Brett Gardner, Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Didi Gregorius, Aaron Hicks, and Gleybor Torres.

Steven Souza Jr., 28, is coming off a career-year with the Rays, his third full one in the majors (all with Tampa after debuting in 2014 for the Washington Nationals with 23 at-bats). Souza hit .239/.351/.459 with 30 homers (second on team) and 78 RBIs (third).

Banda, 24, was Arizona’s #4 prospect. He made his Major League debut for the D’Backs this past season, appearing in eight games (four starts), going 2-3 with a 5.96 ERA in 25 2/3 innings.

Solak, 23, was New York’s #8 prospect. In 2017, he hit .297/.384/.452 with 12 homers and 53 RBIs split between single and double-A.

Widener, 23, was New York’s #22 prospect. In 27 games (all starts) for single-A in 2017, he went 7-8 with a 3.39 ERA and 129 strikeouts in 119 1/3 innings.

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Yankees’ Luis Severino Alters Diet to Improve Late-Season Energy



New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino will be entering an important season as he tries to prove that he is a legit ace for a team that bolstered it’s starting rotation this offseason.

And that means a change in his diet.

Severino has altered his diet, cutting a number of snacks, including his favorite twice-fried plantains, out of his diet in an effort to avoid late-season fatigue.

“It’s not easy, it’s tough” Severino said, according to ESPN’s Coley Harvey.

“When you are at the finish line and you feel like you need a little bit more than five days to be ready, you know that something’s going on,” Severino said.

Severino made the decision to change his diet following the Yankees’ Divisional Series lost to World Series Champions the Boston Red Sox.

“Even though I feel like he was certainly healthy, he probably dealt with some fatigue issues with being a young pitcher in this league, and for the second consecutive year kind of getting around that 200-inning standpoint,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

“But in a lot of ways, we saw the normal progression of a young star pitcher. And even though he had some struggles in the second half, he had some flashes where he pitched really well for us, righted the ship a little bit.”

Severino still could be the starter on Opening Day.

“I would say there’s a very good chance of that,” Boone said. “We hadn’t had those kind of conversations exactly yet. But my expectation is that he would be that guy.”

Severino noted that the diet change was hard.

“I hate eating vegetables,” Severino said.

Where I came from, we just eat anything we see in the fridge, fried and fast food,” Severino said. “But we’re eating more vegetables and stuff like that, and get your body going faster and then recover fast. So that’s my main stuff, focusing on my workouts and avoiding doing a lot of weights that maybe make me a lot more tired.”

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Yankees Keeping Tabs on Manny Machado



Don’t completely count the New York Yankees out of the Manny Machado sweepstakes just yet, because they are simply playing the waiting game.

According to’s Andy Martino, the Yankees are keeping tabs on Machado with the hopes that a golden opportunity arises.

While they aren’t interested in Machado at shortstop, they would play him at third base and move Miguel Andujar to first base should they be able to haul in Machado.

While nothing is imminent, and even though the report states that a deal is unlikely, there is no counting the Yankees out of it just yet as Spring Training approaches.

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Athletics Sign Brett Anderson



The Oakland Athletics have agreed to terms with left hander Brett Anderson, according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser.

Anderson is taking a physical on Tuesday.

Anderson pitched to the tune of a 4.48 ERA for the A’s last season.

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