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Dodgers: Making the Case for LA to Sign Brandon Drury This Offseason

The Dodgers are in need of another quality bat ahead of next season. When you consider they’re likely out on the Dansby Swanson sweepstakes, filling out the lineup and bench with a versatile option makes a ton of sense. With that in mind, the guys at Bleacher Report brought up an intriguing name that LA had its eye on at the trade deadline last season in former Padre and longtime utility man Brandon Drury. 

“The Dodgers still have holes to fill at second base and third base, and while they could give prospects Michael Busch and Miguel Vargas a shot to win those jobs, adding a versatile player like Drury would be the ideal depth move to back up those unproven options.”



Drury makes a ton of sense for the Dodgers for a few different reasons. First of all, he’s an above average bat, coming off a career-best 2022 campaign in which he slashed .263/.320/.492 with 28 home runs and 87 RBIs. He won his first career Silver Slugger Award in the utility category. 

That utility label is the second reason Drury makes a lot of sense for this Dodgers team. In his career, Drury has spent time at first base, second base, third base, shortstop, left field, right field and even pitcher, although I don’t see him spending a lot of time at that last spot next season. Then again, they do need someone to replace Hanser Alberto’s production on the mound — but now we’re getting off topic. 

Drury can play just about everywhere on the diamond, something the Dodgers have really valued. As of right now, we have no idea what the defensive setup is going to look like. If Gavin Lux plays shortstop, they’ll have a hole at either second or third (depending on where Muncy goes). They also have more questions than answers in the outfield, and could move Chris Taylor to center and allow Drury to spend some time in left. He could also start at third, and even spell Lux (or whoever is going to play) at shortstop.

On a team that values versatility, Drury would be the true poster child. They’d be able to move people around all year long, and even test out their top prospects at different positions, as they look for their best one moving forward. 

Finally, Drury is still just 30-years-old, right in the prime of his career coming off his best season in the pros. The Dodgers could give him a one-year, high AAV deal, or spread it out across a few years with a slightly lower AAV. There’s a lot of ways they could go, but Drury could be a perfect middle of the lineup bat to add, and would provide them a lot more comfort in the field next season.

Do you want the Dodgers to add Brandon Drury this offseason? Let us know in the comments below!

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Noah Camras

Noah is an Associate Staff Writer for Dodgers Nation. He graduated from USC in 2022 with a B.A. in Journalism and minor in Sports Media Studies. He's been a Dodger fan since he was a kid, and his all-time favorite Dodgers are Matt Kemp and Russell Martin — but Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman are very quickly making a case to be on that list.

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25 Comments

  1. Drury is a proven pro. Lux, Busch and Vargas are question marks-with positive potential. Give Drury a contract and let the kids prove themselves!

  2. Would be better than Alfonso was last season. But he’s out of Friedman budget. He’ll probably ask for more than what Gallo got from twins. Which I think was a complete joke. There is no way Gallo is worth 11 million not anymore at least. So since Drury can actually hit, he’s going to ask for more than Gallo. So forget that signing.

  3. I would rather see the dodgers acquire jose Iglesias to play short stop. He is a positive defensively and offensively. 3 years 20 million.

  4. Drury makes sense. I’d like to see him in LA. Is he a free agent though? Or will that cause us prospects. If so I don’t wanna give SD nada lol…but yea, won’t mind having Drury

  5. Drury is well worth the signing. He comes to play and will fill the need of playing multiple positions. Don’t find too many players like this. Bolster your lineup BLUE!

  6. Drury is an adaptable ballplayer who would be very successful in LA. Drury will remind us of Kiki.

  7. Brandon Drury seems like a great idea depending of his asking salary but I also agree that Jose Iglesias can also be a very good guy to play shortstop and second base. He’s a good hitter and hard nosed player who will give you a great effort every time. He played hard against the Dodgers last season.

  8. Good addition but we would still have holes at SS and CF that we have no replacements for (that meet Dodger’s standards). Also signing Drury would pretty much mean no JT. That’s ok but it’s sad the degree to which the CBT is affecting our ability to field a team.
    Unfortunately, nothing meaningful is going to happen until we get the Bauer matter settled. We’re at $197 Mil currently and if the arbiter knocks one year off his suspension we’re out of $ to work with. It’s not far-fetched to predict a reduced suspension and that we have T.B. back for all or part of 23. Even if the suspension stands the uncertainty and delay are devastating. Have to wonder if Drury will be available in January?

  9. Drury would be an excellent pickup. He can hit and play many positions well. If you snooze you lose.

  10. Dodgers management is going cheap this year .Just look what they have done so far

  11. I wished we would of gotten him last year at trade time! I think he would “do great in Dodger Blue! Don’t let him get away
    !

  12. To me his signing by LA at this point, with all there holes, amounts to almost, if not absolutely, a must!

  13. YES sign Drury already…lol This is the type of player to fill in many positions except pitcher, of course. Sign him for 2 yrs at least

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