The Padres have made this year’s trade deadline one to remember, bringing in the modern-day Ted Williams, Josh Bell (who has had an All-Star level season this year), Josh Hader (who is a perennial All-Star) and now, Brandon Drury.
According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and C. Trent Rosecrans, the Friars acquired the Reds’ talented utility man on Tuesday afternoon for prospect Victor Acosta.
It’s making for an embarrassment of riches for San Diego. The Padres are quickly compiling a Monstars-type lineup before our very eyes.
Drury has tended to be a league-average hitter for most of his career. But he exploded in Cincy, hitting 20 home runs in 92 games. With a 128 OPS+ and defensive versatility — Drury has played every position in the infield this season — the 29-year old was one of those under-the-radar talents that teams were chomping at the bit to get. Oh, and he’s only making $900,000 this year, chump change compared to some of the bloated contracts around the league.
Here’s what it took for the Friars to add Drury to their already mouth-watering lineup:
The Drury trade was a one-for-one deal; one major-league player for one prospect:
Padres receive: IF Brandon Drury
Reds receive: IF Victor Acosta
For San Diego, the appeal is simple. Fernando Tatis Jr. is still on the mend. Drury’s acquisition gives the Padres another assurance that they will have an All-Star level player in the infield, allowing one of Drury or Jake Cronenworth (also an All-Star) to fill in at short until Tatis’ return. Once Tatis is back to fitness, it’s reasonable to assume one of Drury, Cronenworth or Josh Bell will fill in at designated hitter, especially when considering the departures of Eric Hosmer and Luke Voit.
Cincy continues to round out its farm system. First, the Reds bagged three of Seattle’s top-five prospects in the Luis Castillo deal. Then, they nabbed another three highly-rated youngsters from Minnesota’s setup in exchange for Tyler Mahle. And now they have Acosta.
Per MLB Pipeline, Acosta was the No. 6 prospect in San Diego’s system. The 18-year old arrived via international free agency pool in 2021 and proceeded to flash the sort of five-tool potential that teams drool over. A switch-hitting shortstop, Acosta is blessed with quick hands and above-average speed, as well as a frame that looks capable of adding some strength and size in coming years.
Where he plays in the infield remains to be see; Acosta is athletically-gifted and has a howitzer of an arm, but can be inaccurate at times. If he refines his mechanics a bit, he could be a real player going forward for the Big Red Machine.