Brandon Drury – INF
Acquired by the Blue Jays as part of the trade package for J.A. Happ back at the 2018 trade deadline, Brandon Drury played a large role on the 2019 roster, suiting up in 120 games across the infield, with most of his reps coming via third base.
His time with the Blue Jays didn’t produce the best results, as he amassed a .208/.253/.353 slash line and a.606 OPS through 490 at-bats across two and a half seasons. He became more of a bench player once the younger core was brought up and he left via free agency following the 2020 campaign.
After a quick stint with the Mets last year, Drury joined the Cincinnati Reds on a one-year deal and has produced the best numbers of his career as he looks to cash in this free agency. With the Reds, he saw his OPS climb to .855 and he added 20 home runs, already a career-high as the calendar flipped over into August.
Former Blue Jays making a difference in the 2022 postseason
The Reds flipped him at the deadline to the Padres in exchange for prospect Victor Acosta and Drury saw his production drop to a .724 OPS through 46 games and 168 at-bats with San Diego. Since moving to the Friars, Drury has been used across the diamond, with the most starts coming via first base, while also suiting up as the DH for 14 games as well.
This postseason, Drury has been splitting time with Josh Bell at first base, with the Padres utilizing him for just one game in the Wild Card, three games in the NLDS, and two games in the NLCS. Through the six games, Drury has gone 5 for 23 (.217) with one home run, three RBI, and seven strikeouts.