2) NY Mets reunion candidate: Brandon Drury
Brandon Drury spent the 2021 with the Mets in a true jack of all trades utility role. He played first, second, and third base, all three outfield positions and even pitched an inning. Drury was released after the 2021 season and signed with the Cincinnati Reds for 2022. That is when his career literally took off. After a trade deadline move to San Diego, his season totals were 28 homers, 87 RBIs, with a .274 batting average.
The big question is which Branden Drury will be showing up for 2023? Will it be the slugger who when given a chance, took the league by storm (see Justin Turner) or the borderline MLB player we saw in 2021 looking to hang on to a spot in the major leagues?
The San Diego Padres thought enough of Drury to make a trade for him to help them down the stretch drive to the postseason. It'll be interesting to see how many MLB teams line up to contact him about playing for them next season. Is he a legitimate major league slugger or a flash in the pan?
Considering his ability to play almost anywhere and the Mets continual search for a right handed designated hitter, Drury could be a reasonably priced option as a utility player / bat off the bench. At only 30 years old, the upside and potential of this late bloomer far outweigh the risk. I’d be willing to take a chance on him.