Former Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jesse Winker has playfully renamed the Seattle Mariners the Seattle Redlegs. That may be even more fitting if the latest Reds rumors are true.
According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Seattle Mariners are one of several teams who've "checked in" on Reds infielder Brandon Drury. Morosi also mentions the Los Angeles Dodgers and the defending champion Atlanta Braves.
Drury might be one of the hottest names as Tuesday's deadline approaches. The former New York Mets utility player has secured an everyday role with Reds and leads the team in home runs after basing his career-best 20th round tripper during Sunday's 3-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Great American Ball Park.
The Mariners keeping popping up in almost all the latest Reds rumors.
The Seattle Mariners made a trade this spring that brought Jesse Winker and Eugenio Suárez to the Emerald City. In return, the Cincinnati Reds received outfielder Jake Fraley, pitcher Justin Dunn, and pitching prospects Brandon Williamson and Connor Phillips.
Last Friday, the two clubs pulled off another blockbuster deal as the Reds sent Luis Castillo to the Mariners and received four minor league prospects in return. Seattle sent shortstops Noelvi Marte and Edwin Arroyo along with pitchers Andrew Moore and Levi Stoudt to Cincinnati.
Now it sounds as if Jerry Dipoto and Nick Krall want to hammer out yet another deal. Heck, the first two have worked out so well for both sides, by golly let's do it again. Cincinnati is in the midst of a rebuild and Seattle has one of the most talented farm systems in baseball.
The Dodgers could bring something to the table as well, but the Braves farm system is a bit light. Perhaps Atlanta could convince Cincinnati's front office to entertain more of a quantity over quality type of package.
Brandon Drury is a free agent after this season, and with so many young infielders within the Cincinnati Reds organization, it's difficult see a reunion between the two sides over the offseason. The Reds best play is to trade Drury while his value is exceedingly high.
Drury was signed to a minor league deal during the spring, but his impact on the team has been major. You could argue that Drury is playing at an All-Star level. These latest Reds rumors could see Brandon Drury join his former teammate Luis Castillo in Seattle, or perhaps some other teams are lurking as well.