Reds acquire another shortstop prospect after trading Brandon Drury to the Padres

Cincinnati Reds third baseman Brandon Drury (22) throws to first base.
Cincinnati Reds third baseman Brandon Drury (22) throws to first base. / Kareem Elgazzar/The Enquirer / USA TODAY

If you thought the Cincinnati Reds were done, you thought wrong. Nick Krall is continuing to flip some of the Reds best players at this year's trade deadline and Brandon Drury is now headed to join Juan Soto and the San Diego Padres.

Padres President of Baseball Operations A.J. Preller has been working the phones all day long, and it appears as though he's found a replacement for Luke Voit's right-handed bat. Drury, who's a free agent after this season, will join a star-studded Padres lineup who appear to be going all-in this season.

In return, Cincinnati received yet another shortstop prospect. Victor Acosta, who was ranked as the 6th best prospect by MLB Pipeline after the Soto trade, is an 18-year-old switch-hitting shortstop who's professional career has barely begun.

Reds trade Brandon Drury to Padres for SS prospect Victor Acosta.

If the Cincinnati Reds were not going to sign Brandon Drury to a contract extension, and according to general manager Nick Krall that was never on the table, then it made all the sense in the world to trade the infielder before the trade deadline.

Drury is having a fantastic season and leads the Reds in several meaningful categories. He's also crushed left-handed pitching, which certainly played into why the Padres acquired him. Drury is hitting .274/.335/.520 with 20 round trippers and 59 runs batted in.

Victor Acosta, who rated as the Padres' 13th-best prospect before the season began according to FanGraphs, is hitting .243/.346/.360 in the Arizona Complex League this season. Acosta was signed by the Friars out of the Dominican Republic last year.

This is the classic case of cashing in on a rental player. No one but Brandon Drury himself expected him to put up the type of numbers we saw from the 29-year-old this season. Drury had been a career-utility player and was signed to play for Reds only after Jose Barrero and Donovan Solano went on the IL prior to the start of the season.

Reds Country surely wishes Brandon Drury the best of luck with his new team. Unless one of the other contenders makes a drastic move, the San Diego Padres may now be the team to beat in the National League this season.

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