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Tuesday, August 02, 2022

San Diego Padres acquire Brandon Drury from Cincinnati Reds

As the injuries mounted in Cincinnati Reds camp earlier this spring, the club reached out to free agent Brandon Drury to bolster their infield depth and versatility. Gone was Eugenio Suarez via trade already, but as strains and sprains and busted wrists sidelined the likes of Jose Barrero, Max Schrock, Jonathan India, and Donovan Solano at the outset of the season, Drury’s path to playing time all over became readily available.

He capitalized on that opportunity in a big, big way. To date, he’s socked a career-best 20 homers so far in 2022 as part of his overall 128 OPS+ production, but as a pending free agent on a losing Cincinnati club, that put him firmly on the trade block as today’s deadline neared. As it turns out, the active San Diego Padres had been watching, and snapped him up on Tuesday afternoon. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal relayed the news.

In return, the Reds have landed who was the #6 prospect in their system prior to today (when they, y’know, unloaded almost their entire farm to land Washington Nationals star Juan Soto). That’s Victor Acosta, as MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand relayed, an 18 year old who has shown both pop and patience in the Dominican Summer League and in Arizona Complex League play.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 02, 2022 at 04:39 PM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Captain Joe Bivens, Pointless and Wonderful Posted: August 02, 2022 at 05:05 PM (#6089592)
This guy is always a reliable waiver wire pick up in Fantasy Baseball. He hits.
   2. John Reynard Posted: August 03, 2022 at 04:30 AM (#6089782)
This guy is always a reliable waiver wire pick up in Fantasy Baseball. He hits.


Bonus if he's facing 3-5 lefties that week too. He's kind of mediocre vs RHP and very good vs LHP.
   3. Walt Davis Posted: August 03, 2022 at 04:41 PM (#6089891)
He has a career 91 OPS+. "He hits" applies to the last 470 PA. For 2018-20, his line was 205/254/346.

But as I understand the whims of the baseball gods (I do not), Drury will OPS 1000 the rest of the way while Soto struggles at 650 and Drury will joke for the rest of his life how this trade was considered the biggest trade of all time.
   4. Hombre Brotani Posted: August 03, 2022 at 11:52 PM (#6089944)
But as I understand the whims of the baseball gods (I do not), Drury will OPS 1000 the rest of the way
A grand slam in his first plate appearance helps.

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