- Oct 20, 2015
Pedroia is/was a superb defender, Solak will never have that according to the reports I've read.I like Drury. I’m into this.
Bummed to lose Solak though, I think he has the upside of Pedroia but the downside of Refsnyder.
That was the PCL and he will turn 29 this summer. He had a .675 OPS for SD last year in 192 ABs, let's see if anyone else even picks him up.Blash has strong on-base skills to go along with his considerable power, as evidenced by his career .258/.381/.571 batting line and 65 homers through 235 games at the Triple-A level.
Banda was a top 100 prospect last year (#88 on the BA list coming into the season) who didn't have a great year and so fell back a bit. TB is stockpiling so much young pitching, hopefully they start giving those guys chances finally.Full deal is Drury to Yanks, Souza + Widener to AZ, Solak + Anthony Banda + PTBNL to Rays
TB can draft and develop pitchers. Hitters? Not so much.Banda was a top 100 prospect last year (#88 on the BA list coming into the season) who didn't have a great year and so fell back a bit. TB is stockpiling so much young pitching, hopefully they start giving those guys chances finally.
Also Drury was a top 100 prospect two years ago (#94 in BA coming into 2016), FWIW.
Maybe "last year" is the key criterion here, when Miller "only" posted a 2.59 xFIP, but his previous three years each rank in the top 25 relief seasons this century, and 2014 and '16 are both in the top 7.Via Dan Federico on Twitter:
Chad Green: "Green is a special, special player. He will mean more to the #Yankees this season than Andrew Miller did with the Indians last year."
Interesting. The thing about Drury as the utility is that he's never played SS outside of emergencies in mlb or minors. Maybe they think they can live with him at SS once a month or they use Torres at SS?What about Torres?: "This is huge for Torres too because he'll get a chance to play one position (2B) everyday instead of bouncing around the infield. And remember, he played in 50 or so games above High-A. He can use the at-bats. When he's promoted, Drury will be a utility guy."