2 former Reds players who are struggling elsewhere and 1 who's found tremendous success

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The Cincinnati Reds have had a lot of turnover over the last two years. The team refused to re-sign some key pieces and then resorted to a fire sale last spring. The Reds plans for the future culminated at last year's trade deadline when the last of their remaining stars were sent packing.

Several former Reds, including the aforementioned Sony Gray, Wade Miley, Eugenio Suarez, and Anthony DeSclafani have had great starts to this season. Others like Nick Castellanos, Tyler Mahle, and Jesse Winker have had moderate beginnings in 2023.

But a few former Reds players have gotten off on the wrong foot. Let's look at three former Reds players who are struggling with their current teams in 2023.

Former Reds player Brandon Drury is struggling so far in 2023.

Things are not off to a hot start for former Reds slugger Brandon Drury. After breaking out in 2022, the Cincinnati Reds traded Drury to the San Diego Padres at the trade deadline last summer.

Drury was a free agent after last season and ended up signing a two-year/$17-million contract with Los Angeles Angels during the offseason. There were several Reds fans who wanted to see Cincinnati make a run at re-signing Drury. After seeing the contract he signed and his production during the early-going of the 2023 season, it's a good thing they didn't.

Drury is hitting below the Mendoza line, has a slugging percentage below .300, and has only one round tripper on the season. Drury's OPS+ is below 50. The former Reds third baseman has been seeing time mainly at both first and second base with the Angels due to Anthony Rendon's presence on the roster.

It's early in the season, and surely Brandon Drury can turn things around, but the 30-year-old had never seen better production during a season than the 92 games he played with the Cincinnati Reds in 2022. Over the first-half of last season Drury hit .274 with 20 home runs and 59 runs batted in.