Padres are far from done after Juan Soto deal

The Padres kept the MLB trade deadline spotlight on San Diego by picking off Cincinnati Reds breakout third baseman Brandon Drury.

A flurry of activity at the MLB trade close was always expected. That father Being in the center of everything was the biggest surprise.

After shaking up the baseball world by acquiring Juan Soto, Josh Bell and Josh Hader, San Diego proved they weren’t satisfied with a trio of new signings.

With Brandon Drury they made a quartet out of it.

Brandon Drury trade details: Padres are far from done after Juan Soto deal

Padres received

3B Brandon Drury

received red

SS Victor Acosta

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported the news that the Reds third baseman headed west. FanSided’s Robert Murray in turn revealed shortstop Victor Acosta as a prospect.

The Padres are already at third base with Manny Machado, but Drury can still be a dangerous weapon as a DH or in a useful role. He has over 100 games of big league experience at third base, second base and outfield.

His power is the main reason to include him in the lineup. He’s hitting 20 homers this year while batting .274/.335/.520. His OPS is .855 and his offensive WAR is 2.6, both career highs.

Incredibly, the Reds picked up Drury in March on a minor league contract. Even they couldn’t have predicted that he would have a breakout season and was eventually snubbed for an All-Star nod. Now they’ve flipped that signing to attract a highly rated prospect.

Acosta is #6 in the Padres organization. According to, he was ranked 19th in the 2020-21 international class. The 18-year-old has “five tool potential”.

In the end, the exchange made sense for both sides. The Reds overturned a low-risk investment. The Padres added a home run threat that has surpassed the top power hitters on their roster this season. Padres are far from done after Juan Soto deal

John Verrall

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