The San Diego Padres have a distinct need for infield depth.
This is especially going to be the case with their plans to shift Jake Cronenworth to first base. While he had been the Padres’ primary second baseman last season, he also spent time at third and short, filling a valuable role as he was able to help the Padres cover injuries and off days. That could be lost as he would need to fill a very different role.
It would make sense to bring back another trade deadline acquisition. Brandon Drury could not only help fill the void at either first or second, but he would be able to provide that needed depth around the infield.
Drury could also help lengthen the Padres’ lineup. He posted a 122 OPS+ with 28 homers and 31 doubles over his 568 plate appearances between the Reds and Padres, numbers that continued to be solid after he came over the San Diego. He also appeared in over 25 games each at first, second, and third, providing the type of depth that any contending team could use.
The San Diego Padres need help in their infield. Bringing Brandon Drury back would help solve those problems.