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The New York Yankees have added another starting infield candidate, acquiring Brandon Drury in a three-way trade that also saw the Tampa Bay Rays send outfielder Steven Souza Jr. to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Rays receive second baseman prospect Nick Solak from the Yankees and pitcher Anthony Banda and two players to be named from the Diamondbacks.

Arizona also receives starting pitcher Taylor Widener from the Yankees.

Drury can play either second base or third base for a team that was looking at potentially starting rookies at both spots this season. Drury hit .267 with 13 homers and 63 RBI in 135 games with Arizona last season.

After trading third baseman Chase Headley and second baseman Starlin Castro this offseason, and not re-signing free agent third baseman Todd Frazier, the Yankees were looking to add a veteran infielder in case either Gleyber Torres or Miguel Andujar isn’t ready to crack the starting lineup as a rookie.

Torres, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left (non-throwing) elbow, will get a shot to start at third base in spring training, while Andujar could open the year as the starting second baseman.

Drury could start at either spot, spending most of his time at second baseman last year with the Diamondbacks. He has also seen time at third base, as well as in left and right field.

Souza hit .239 with 30 homers and 78 RBI in 148 games last year with Tampa Bay. He adds another bat for an Arizona club looking to replace the offense of J.D. Martinez, who has agreed to a deal with the Boston Red Sox.

Souza is the latest starter to be traded away by the Rays, who are in rebuilding mode.

Souza had just arrived back in Rays camp on Tuesday after attending to a family matter in Seattle and was asked about the departure in recent days of teammates Jake Odorizzi (traded to Twins) and Corey Dickerson, who was designated for assignment.

“They’re both dear friends to me, but this is part of the business and we all signed up for this,” Souza told the Tampa Bay Times before learning he’d also be playing elsewhere. “And I think this is not a shocker to anybody. This is the way the Rays operated for the last couple of years. It’s our job to be professionals, accept what’s happening and go out there and do the best we can. I think we have a good group in here.”

Of the prospects involved in the trade, the left-handed Banda was ranked seventh among Diamondbacks’ prospects by ESPN’s Keith Law. Widener was ranked 15th, and Solak 18th, in the Yanks’ farm system according to Law.

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Washington Nationals’ Juan Soto (left shoulder) goes on 10-day injured list

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The Washington Nationals placed star outfielder Juan Soto on the 10-day injured list with a strained left shoulder, the team announced Tuesday afternoon.

Soto, 22, will have to sit out at least the next seven games; the Nationals have three off days during his IL stint.

The team recalled outfielder Yadiel Hernandez from their alternate site to replace Soto on the roster.

Soto is hitting .300 in 14 games this season.

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Slumping New York Yankees shake up lineup against Atlanta Braves

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NEW YORK — New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone made three changes to the starting lineup of his slumping team against Atlanta on Tuesday night, inserting first baseman Mike Ford and left fielder Mike Tauchman and giving Brett Gardner his second start this season in center field.

DJ LeMahieu moved back to second base from first, and center fielder Aaron Hicks, left fielder Clint Frazier and second baseman Rougned Odor moved to the bench.

New York has lost five straight games, dropping to 5-10 for its worst start since 1997.

The switch-hitting Hicks was batting .160, including 3 for 32 vs. right-handers, Frazier was hitting .167 with no RBI and Odor was batting .125.

Ford was to make his season debut. He was recalled from the alternate training site and took the roster spot of Jay Bruce, who hit .118 and retired Sunday.

Jameson Taillon started for the Yankees, who were starting a stretch of games on 13 consecutive days. Charlie Morton started for Atlanta.

Boone said he might give Hicks another day off Wednesday.

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Infielder Neil Walker retires after 12 MLB seasons

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Veteran infielder Neil Walker announced his retirement Tuesday after 12 major league seasons.

Born in Pittsburgh, he played his first seven seasons for the Pittsburgh Pirates before playing for the New York Mets, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Yankees, Miami Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies over his final five seasons.

Walker, 35, made his announcement on Twitter, writing, “thank you to everyone that helped me in my journey to live out my childhood dream of being a Major Leaguer, I loved & cherished every day.”

The Pirates selected Walker with the 11th-overall pick of the 2004 draft and he went on to hit 93 home runs with 418 RBIs while slashing .272/.338/.431 in 836 games. His best major league season came in 2014 when he hit .271 and set career bests with 23 home runs and 76 RBIs, earning a Silver Slugger award. His 23 home runs broke Bill Mazeroski’s franchise record for home runs in a season by a second baseman.

Walker played for the Phillies during the 2020 pandemic shortened season, appearing in 18 games.

Overall, Walker finishes his major league career with 149 home runs and 609 RBIs and a slash line of .267/.338/.426.



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