Blue Jays: Brandon Drury experiment finally comes to an end?
The Toronto Blue Jays finally appear as if they are ready to move on from the struggling Brandon Drury.
According to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet, the Blue Jays optioned Brandon Drury to their alternate training site in order to free up a roster spot for newly acquired pitcher Taijuan Walker. Drury has once again struggled mightily with the stick this season.
The 28-year old is hitting just .152/.184/.174 without a homer in 21 games this season. Since being acquired from the Yankees, Drury has managed to hit only .208/.253/.353 with 15 home runs in 149 games.
Drury has also sported a combined negative WAR of -2.5 during his tenure in Toronto. With Travis Shaw, Joe Panik, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., and Santiago Espinal in the fold on the big club, Drury has become expendable at the hot corner.
Even in terms of a bench spot, the Jays require someone with more of an offensive upside than Drury was providing. His struggles undoubtedly contributed to the acquisition of slugger Daniel Vogelbach who will provide some much-needed thump off the bench.
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The team also optioned pitchers Sean Reid-Foley and Thomas Pannone to their alternate training site. The 26-year old Pannone went unclaimed on waivers and returned to the organization. Reid-Foley pitched one inning of scoreless relief this past Wednesday versus the Boston Red Sox. The hurlers will once again return to Rochester and await their respective turns.
The Jays acquired Drury at the trade deadline in 2018 along with Billy McKinney in exchange for veteran pitcher J.A. Happ. Unfortunately, Drury has never been able to replicate his offensive production from his days in Arizona with the Diamondbacks.
With the trade deadline looming, there is speculation that the Blue Jays could be an active participant as they attempt to bolster their roster for a potential postseason push. In the past few days, the team has landed both Walker and Vogelbach in two separate swaps with the Seattle Mariners.