Drury has appeared like an apparent commerce candidate for just a few months now, as a consequence of a wide range of components. He’s an impending free agent with a modest wage who’s taking part in for a basement-dwelling workforce. Past that, he’s having the perfect season of his profession and is able to taking part in a number of positions, making him a match for a lot of golf equipment. He’s slashing .275/.336/.523 and simply hit his twentieth house run. That manufacturing is 33% higher than league common, in response to wRC+. He’s additionally taken the sector in any respect 4 infield positions this season, along with a quick cameo in proper discipline.
The curiosity from the Dodgers, in addition to the Giants, was reported just a few weeks in the past. As for Seattle and Atlanta, they’re doubtless fascinated by Drury primarily for second base, regardless of his skill to play elsewhere. Most of Drury’s work this 12 months has been on the scorching nook, with 53 begins there, although he’s additionally manned the keystone in 20 completely different contests.
For the Mariners, they’ve given the majority of this 12 months’s taking part in time at second base to Adam Frazier, who’s having a down 12 months on the plate. After a powerful 2021 the place he hit .305/.368/.411 for a wRC+ of 114, the Mariners acquired him from the Padres in an offseason commerce. Sadly, he’s solely been capable of muster a .244/.304/.312 line for Seattle, amounting to a wRC+ of 81. He’d doubtless be the infielder most liable to shedding taking part in time within the occasion of a Drury commerce, with Eugenio Suarez, J.P. Crawford and Ty France occupying the opposite spots across the diamond. There’s additionally the potential of a platoon, as Frazier hits from the left facet of the plate and Drury the suitable.
As for the Braves, their want for assist at second base arose when Ozzie Albies suffered a foot fracture in June. He’s been on the shelf about six weeks already and will return in a few month, although he nonetheless hasn’t begun a rehab project. With Albies out of motion, most of his taking part in time has gone to Orlando Arcia, who’s hitting .238/.316/.371 on the 12 months. That quantities to a 92 wRC+, which is simply 8% beneath league common however nicely beneath Drury’s work on the 12 months. With Dansby Swanson, Austin Riley and Matt Olson taking on the opposite spots within the dust, second base would stand out as the obvious spot to plug Drury if he have been to be put into an Atlanta jersey.
For the Reds, they’re nicely out of competition and have already begun their deadline selloff with Friday’s Luis Castillo trade. Drury appears extremely more likely to comply with him out the door, with Tyler Mahle, Donovan Solano, Tommy Pham additionally amongst people who the membership will trade for prospects. The commerce deadline is in about 48 hours, 5pm CT on August 2.