Published: Wed, February 21, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

D-backs acquire outfielder Steven Souza from Tampa, send Drury to NY

D-backs acquire outfielder Steven Souza from Tampa, send Drury to NY

The Arizona Diamondbacks are getting some power back in their lineup after the departure of J.D. Martinez.

The Yankees are sending Nick Solak to the Rays and Taylor Widener to the Diamondbacks, while Tampa Bay is sending Steven Souza to Arizona. Tampa Bay also got second base prospect Nick Solak from the Yankees, left-hander Anthony Banda from the Diamondbacks, and two players to be named later.

The 28-year-old Souza has four years of Major League Baseball experience.


Souza Jr. appeared in 148 games last season for the Rays and hit 30 homers along with 78 RBIs while batting.239 with a.351 on base percentage.

A second-round Yankees draft choice out of Louisville in 2016, Solak rose to the Double-A level last season and fared well with Double-A Trenton. The 25-year-old has seen extensive time at both second and third base while contributing in the outfield as well in three D-backs campaigns. In High-A a year ago, Widener was 7-8 with a 3.39 ERA.

Souza, 28, is earning $3.55 million in his first of three years of arbitration eligibility, so the Rays are presumably saving money in moving him. MLB Pipeline rated Widener as the 14th-best prospect in the Yankees' system. In four starts and eight overall appearances, the left-hander was 2-3 with a 5.96 ERA.

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