Grading each Padres trade: 2022 MLB Trade deadline

Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Josh Hader (71) throws against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports
Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Josh Hader (71) throws against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports /
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San Diego Padres reported trade Brandon Drury
CINCINNATI, OH – JULY 29: Brandon Drury #22 of the Cincinnati Reds bats during the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Great American Ball Park on July 29, 2022 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Baltimore defeated Cincinnati 6-2. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images) /

Acquiring 3B Brandon Drury, B+

The Padres acquired Cincinnati Reds third baseman Brandon Drury. It’s not much of a surprise that Drury was traded. According to Drew Koch with Blog Red Machine, Drury was one of the most likely to be traded from the Reds.

Drury is having a highly successful season, but his past hasn’t been consistent. The Padres also don’t need another third baseman, considering current third baseman Manny Machado is their best hitter so far this season.

However, Drury could still be utilized as a designated hitter and will improve the lineup overall. Drury is hitting .274/.335/.520 for an OPS of .855 this season.

This is the first season Drury has produced a slugging percentage above .500 and an OPS above .800. He’s expected to be great for the Padres this season, but his long-term impact is questionable considering his inconsistent history.

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