Diamondbacks Interested In Reunion With Old Friend

The Arizona Diamondbacks are in need of a right-handed hitting infielder. One route they can take to fill that need would be by trading from their glut of left-handed hitting outfielders. The other would be by dipping into the free agent market and bringing an old familiar face back into the fold. 

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the D-Backs "have been in the mix" for free agent Brandon Drury to fill that RH-hitting infielder role. Drury started his career in the desert, posting a .271 average with a .767 OPS in his first three seasons in the big leagues. 

He struggled considerably for a few seasons after leaving Arizona after the 2017 season, but got his mojo back big-time in 2022. The 29-year-old banged 20 HR with 59 RBIs in just 350 at-bats with the Cincinnati Reds in the first four months of the season, before being traded to the San Diego Padres at the trade deadline. 

Drury finished the season with a career-high 28 HR, 87 RBIs, a .263 average and .813 OPS on his way to winning the Silver Slugger in the "Utility" position. He played every single position around the infield except catcher, and also got in some time in the outfield.

The Snakes aren't in the habit of spending big money right now during their rebuild, but a reunion with Drury would certainly be an intriguing development, and allow them to use their outfield depth to acquire other assets. 

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