Yankees: 3 worst trades Brian Cashman has made in the last five years

New York Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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The New York Yankees have made their share of good and bad trades over the past several years. Which of those were Brian Cashman’s worst?

Every general manager has had their share of very successful trades and very unsuccessful trades. Packages of prospects are often included in deals that may never see the major leagues. Some players make the successful transition to the Bronx. Others ultimately fail.

These are the three worst trades made by Brian Cashman over the last five years.

The Yankees acquire Brandon Drury

Following the 2017 season, Brian Cashman was facing an interesting situation. Chase Headley was being traded back to San Diego, leaving a hole at third base. The Yankees would address that hole on the eve of spring training, acquiring Brandon Drury from the Arizona Diamondbacks in a three-team trade.

The deal would cost the Yankees a pair of minor leaguers, with Nick Solak going to Arizona and Taylor Widener going to Tampa Bay.

The Yankees seemed like they were getting a bargain in the trade. Drury was coming off a solid season with the Diamondbacks, which saw him hit .267 with 13 home runs and 63 RBI. He was unable to find that success in the Bronx, though, after experiencing severe migraines early into the 2018 season before being placed on the injured list.

Drury’s replacement, Miguel Andujar, was able to find extreme success with the Yankees, especially at the plate. Defensively he may have been a step back from Drury, but he showed improvement in the field. At the plate, he produced enough that once Drury was healthy to return, he was optioned to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Drury would only play in 18 games with the Yankees before being traded with Billy McKinney to the Blue Jays in exchange for J.A. Happ that July.

Adding Drury was very similar to the Didi Gregorius trade in 2014. Drury would be brought in as a young player with many years of team control to fill a hole in the infield. Drury just didn’t work out. Once Andujar took over in his remarkable rookie season, which saw him finish second in AL Rookie of the Year voting, it was over for Drury.