2) The San Diego Padres wish they signed Brandon Drury
Let's say J.D. just wanted to join former Red Sox teammate Mookie Betts in Los Angeles and wouldn't consider a Padres offer. Why not just bring back a player you already had in Brandon Drury?
After an All-Star-caliber first half for the Reds last season, the Padres acquired Drury at the deadline and his production certainly did dip. He had a .724 OPS, over 130 points lower than his mark with Cincinnati, while not doing much for a majority of the postseason either.
Despite the slightly underwhelming tenure, a .724 OPS would've been a whole lot better than what the Padres have right now at the DH spot, and Drury has had a terrific year with the Angels.
Playing for the team he grew up rooting for, Drury is slashing .277/.322/.500 with 14 home runs and 45 RBI. He'd rank third on the team in both RBI and OPS, while also providing a lot of versatility.
Matt Carpenter's contract was two years and $12 million while Drury's is two years and $17 million. He's certainly worth the extra little bit that the Padres will likely spend on an upgrade anyway. Had Drury been with the team, there's a good chance this offense wouldn't struggle as much as it has, especially early in the season.