2. Reds IF Brandon Drury is becoming a more expensive trade chip.
I highly doubt before the season that anyone saw Brandon Drury as a potential trade chip. Heck, I honestly wonder how many fans actually thought that Drury would make the Cincinnati Reds Opening Day roster. But here we are.
While Drury has been fantastic while the likes of Jose Barrero, Donovan Solano, and Max Schrock have been sidelined with injury, his future in Reds Country is likely to be very short. Drury has no minor league options remaining and is a free agent at the end of the season.
The Reds should capitalize on Drury's power surge and trade him while his value is at its highest point. According to Baseball Savant, Drury is among the tops in the majors in hard hit percentage and barrel-rate. Drury also ranks very high in xSLG and maximum exit velocity.
Brandon Drury will find playing time harder and harder to come by once the Cincinnati Reds are back to full strength. The Redlegs would be wise to get as much as they can for Drury before his stock takes a tumble.
With players like Mike Moustakas, Colin Moran, Kyle Farmer, and Jose Barrero able to play a variety of different spots on the infield dirt, Drury's presence will become a bit redundant.