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

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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:

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

AFTER THE TRADE
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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Blue Jays Calling Up Cavan Biggio

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The Toronto Blue Jays are calling up second base prospect Cavan Biggio to the majors for the very first time on Friday, according to ESPN.

Biggio, the son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, has performed well for Triple A Buffalo this season, posting a .306/.440/.507 slash line.

Toronto selected Biggio, 24, in the fifth round of the 2016 draft.

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Royals Assign Drew Storen To Double-A

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The Kansas City Royals have assigned former big-league reliever Drew Storen to Double-A Northwest Arkansas, according to Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Paul Boyd.

Storen, who inked a minor league deal with the Royals back in February of this year, is attempting a comeback, as he hasn’t pitched in the majors since playing for the Cincinnati Reds back in 2017.

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Neil Ramirez Accepts Outright Assignment With Indians

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Cleveland Indians reliever Neil Ramirez will remain within the organization after clearing outright waivers and accepting an assignment to Triple-A, according to an official team announcement.

Ramirez landed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Indians this offseason, avoiding arbitration.

Ramirez, 29, has struggled during the 2019 season and maybe a stint in Triple A will help him work things out.

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