TAMPA, Fla. — Newly acquired Brandon Drury is the now the favorite to be the starting third baseman for the New York Yankees.

The Yankees acquired Drury from Arizona on Tuesday night in a three-team deal that also involved Tampa Bay. Drury played mostly second base for Arizona, but came up through the minors at third.

“Nothing is going to be given to anybody, but going into the process he’s going to have a leg up given the fact that he’s had two years of major league experience that he can fall back on plus postseason experience,” Yankees General Manager Cashman said Wednesday. “I think all those things will serve him well.”

Prospect Miguel Andujar was a leading candidate at third before the trade for Drury was completed.

“Andujar is a high-end skilled player that we think is going to have a very long and successful career in the big leagues, and we believe it’s going to be here with us,” Cashman said. “His hitting abilities are ahead currently of his defensive abilities because he moved himself up so fast. This allows us, if we so choose, to buy more (development) time.”

Drury hit .267 with 13 home runs and 63 RBI in 135 games for Arizona last season.

ORIOLES: Outfielder Colby Rasmus has decided to return to baseball after walking away last summer, and signed a minor league contract with Baltimore.

The 31-year-old Rasmus was with Tampa Bay in mid-July when the Rays said he was going to “step away from baseball.” Neither the team nor Rasmus offered an explanation, though he had been slowed by hip trouble. He was hitting .281 with nine home runs and 23 RBI in 37 games for the Rays when he left.

MARLINS: Outfielder Cameron Maybin signed a one-year contract, rejoining the team he played for from 2008-10.

Maybin, 30, was with the Angels and Astros last year and helped Houston win the World Series. He batted only .228 but had 33 steals to rank second in the American League.

PIRATES: The team signed free agent outfielder Michael Saunders to a minor league contract. The 31-year-old hit a combined .202 with six home runs and 21 RBI in 73 games for Philadelphia and Toronto last season.

ORLANDO CEPEDA remains hospitalized in critical condition after a cardiac incident, the San Francisco Giants said Wednesday. The 80-year-old Hall of Famer was taken to a Bay Area hospital late Monday.