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Dodgers Rumors: Brandon Drury Signs With Angels

Another one bites the dust! The Dodgers continue with the theme of this offseason as one more intriguing free agent who had been linked to LA signs with another team. On Tuesday, ESPN’s Jeff Passan was among those to report that utility star Brandon Drury is heading to the Angels on a two year deal.

Considering the 2022 Silver Slugger award winner signed for two years and just $17 million, it’s a little disheartening to see the swing and miss by the boys in blue.

Rumors had swirled that the Dodgers were engaged with the infielder/outfielder, but chances are high that he opted for the Angels for more guaranteed playing time. With the Dodgers, Drury would have been a luxury akin to the era Kiké Hernandez was with the team. Hernandez alongside Chris Taylor had to bounce all around the field just to get into the lineup regularly.

Where Drury would have really helped in LA is as a true backup at third base which, after losing Justin Turner to the Red Sox over the weekend, now only has Max Muncy and Miguel Vargas (who has been working out mostly at second base this offseason) on the depth chart at the position.

With the Angels, Drury potentially slots in as their every day first baseman who sees some time at third base, second and in the outfield.

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Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor and manager of DodgersNation.com, and a host and analyst on DN's Blue Heaven podcast live stream. He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future. He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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2 Comments

  1. Vargas is working out at 2B to allow him to get more AB’s. He has slow feet and projects as a 3B or LF. Working out at second will help him be a better third baseman however.
    Since MLB “brilliantly” banned the shift (something that has long time been part of baseball, BTW) teams now have to be more careful about who they play at SS and 2B.

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