3) NY Mets potential acquisition: Brandon Drury
Brandon Drury is another player I really wanted the Mets to acquire. I felt he'd fill the right handed DH void well, and had some needed versatility that someone like Ruf doesn't provide.
Drury is enjoying a breakout campaign which has seen him hit 20 home runs and be the best hitter on the Reds.
The Padres made their second big trade of the day acquiring Drury in exchange for prospect Victor Acosta. Following the Soto trade, Acosta was the sixth-ranked prospect in the Padres system.
The Mets didn't give up anything remotely close to that value to acquire Ruf who's had more sustained success against lefties and is under team control for the next two seasons on very cheap money.
Drury was really fun to watch last year especially as a pinch hitter, and I think the Padres made another solid trade to bring him in, but it's more than the Mets would've had to give up for someone like Ruf who I could argue suits the Mets need better.
Drury in theory could also have played some third base for the Mets but Luis Guillorme deserves a chance to start a lot and Eduardo Escobar has hit well against southpaws and hopefully can turn it around when given the chance against righties.
Drury would've been a good fit, but I thought the Mets got Ruf for less value while Ruf has a more proven track record to succeed in the spot the Mets are putting him in. Drury was having a special year but a lot of that could also be due to playing half of his games in Cincinnatti.
Good trade for San Diego, good job by the Mets acquiring the player with more control and proven success for less.