Dodgers: Should LA Trade for Reds Standout Brandon Drury?

Most of the Dodgers trade speculation has been centered around all-world outfielder Juan Soto, as it should be. It’s exceedingly rare that a 23-year-old on a Hall-of-Fame trajectory becomes available. The Nationals are asking for a massive haul for Soto, but there could be a more economic option if the Dodgers want to hit the clearance aisle instead of Rodeo Drive. Reds utility man Brandon Drury is reportedly available and could boost LA’s bench depth.

The eight-year MLB veteran is enjoying the finest season of his journeyman career. Through Monday, he’s slashing .274/.333/.523 and more importantly for the Dodgers, has been crushing left-handed pitching. Drury owns a 1.052 OPS versus southpaws and a .977 OPS against lefty starters.

Drury ranks in the top twenty in runs scored in the majors and leads the Reds in wRC+ (132), wOBA (.367), and WAR (2.4). The Reds aren’t exactly in the business of (intentionally) winning games and Drury is a valuable trade chip who happens to be on a one-year, $900,000 contract.

He’s not worth spending a top prospect on in a trade for the Dodgers, but considering his contract, Drury might be worth a roll of the dice.

The former 13th round pick has over 120 games in the outfield under his belt for his career, but has played the bulk of his games in 2022 at second and third base. 

LA is known to explore any and every trade scenario and with Hanser Alberto simply not getting the job done off the bench against left-handed pitching (.646 OPS), Drury could be a sneaky around-the-margins move for the Dodgers at the deadline.

Drop into the comments below and let us know whether or not you think the Dodgers should trade for Brandon Drury!

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Eric Eulau

Born and raised in Ventura, not "Ven-CH-ura", California. Favorite Dodger Stadium food is the old school chocolate malt with the wooden spoon. Host of the Dodgers Nation 3 Up, 3 Down Podcast.


  1. I’d much rather have Ian Happ since they would cost about the same. Happ statistically is more clutch, is a better defender, and according to his splits, does better away from home and no drop off against good teams, seems like more of a gamer that makes for someone good in the playoffs (Chris Taylor comes to mind). Drury is having a great year but isn’t historically as strong in those categories.

  2. Great pitching beats great hitting in post season…isn’t that established wisdom?
    Based on that, pick up Happ or Drury (for hitting) add Castillo and watch as May, Buehler and Heaney return. Add back in a healthy JT and CT. 2 clutch post season sticks.
    I love the fantasy of signing Superman BUT it severely limits flexibility and brings bigtime Luxury Tax.
    Instead, let’s do whatever it takes to longterm sign T.T.!!!

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