The Dodgers are in the market for an infielder, and one of the intriguing names left on the market is Brandon Drury, who split 2022 between the Reds and the Padres. Based on his 2022 season, Drury should be in high demand. The problem is, his track record of being a good hitter is very, very short.
In the first six seasons of his career, Drury posted a .707 OPS (83 OPS+), including a paltry .296 on-base percentage. He hit well in very limited duty with the 2021 Mets (111 OPS+ in 88 plate appearances) before really breaking out in 2022 (122 OPS+, 568 PA), although he was quite a bit better with the Reds than he was after being traded to the Padres. (He had a 128 OPS+ with Cincinnati, just 109 with San Diego.)
Still, he could be a decent fit for Los Angeles. MLB Network’s Harold Reynolds thinks so, anyway.
“I do think the Dodgers is a great fit for him,” Harold Reynolds said. “Now that Justin Turner’s gone, who’s going to really be your third baseman that you’re going to be relying on every day to play? And you want to get younger. And you’re going to be moving guys around. I think he’s a fit.”
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) December 19, 2022
Sure, Harold seems to have forgotten that Max Muncy and Miguel Vargas exist, but a guy can be right for the wrong reasons, I guess. Drury will not be a starter for the Dodgers in 2023, but be could be a useful utility player, as he’s played every position except catcher and center field in his career. He doesn’t play anywhere particularly well, but he can get by, and if the bart shows up, it’s worth it.
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