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Episode 26: How They Dru It Up

Jesse Spector

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Brandon Drury is the newest Yankee. (Photo by Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports)

Just in time for Grapefruit League action to get going, Brandon Drury is a Yankee, having arrived from the Diamondbacks in Tuesday’s three-way trade with the Rays, in which the Yankees gave up Nick Solak and Taylor Widener.

It’s a deal in which the Yankees trade from a position of strength in their farm system, giving up players who were unlikely to factor much into their short-term or long-term planning. Drury, meanwhile, fits both of those things, starting with this year, when he figures to open the season at third base while making a pre-arbitration salary that makes it that much easier for the Yankees to stay under the luxury tax threshold, and carrying on to… well, we’ll see. Drury can play multiple positions, so he can be useful to New York no matter what happens beyond 2018, but he also remains someone who can be an attractive trade chip down the road.

For now, Drury’s arrival does mean that Miguel Andujar is unlikely to be the Yankees’ regular third baseman this year unless he really forces their hand, and possibly that Gleyber Torres gets bumped to the minor leagues to start the season — something that always was a possibility. Drury has some pop in his bat, and fits well toward the bottom of the order after batting mostly sixth for the Diamondbacks last year.

Meanwhile, it’s Mailbag Friday, so there’s more Drury-related material there, plus speculation about pitching, so stay tuned during the show for that.

Last but not least, another call for help: If you are interested in being part of the Locked On Yankees team, please send an email to [email protected] with a brief introduction and a sample of your work. There have been good applications already, but there’s room for more, and the first round of cuts is going to start this weekend, so get on in there!

Jesse Spector is a national columnist for FanRag Sports, based in New York. The host of "Jesse Spector Is..." on Tampa Bay Lightning Power Play Radio, Jesse is the former national baseball writer and national hockey writer for Sporting News. Before that, he was the Rangers beat writer for the New York Daily News, and the writer of the Touching Base baseball blog. Jesse also has written for Newsday, Baseball America, ESPN SportsTicker, and The Associated Press.

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