1) NY Mets trade reunion: Brandon Drury
Maybe the best reunion candidate of all for the Mets to seek is Brandon Drury. We only got to know him briefly in 2021 when he was a shortly-tenured member of the bench mob. This year with the Cincinnati Reds, he has become an even better player and someone a lot of teams should be calling about.
A third baseman this year, he’s slashing .275/.336/.523 with 20 home runs and 59 RBI. More importantly, he kills left-handed pitchers. This is something the Mets have struggled to do this year. If there’s any rental out there that fits perfectly into what the Mets need, it’s him.
Drury can play all of the positions Flores can—and arguably better—plus the outfield. He’s younger and more athletic at this point of his career. The Reds gave him an even bigger opportunity than the Amazins did last year. He has capitalized on it by hitting his way toward becoming one of the best players on the trade block right now.
For as great of a fit as he’d be, there haven’t been all that many Mets rumors about him returning to Flushing. A few other teams, including the Atlanta Braves, have him on their radar. But because the Mets surprised us with the Tyler Naquin trade, we shouldn’t completely dismiss the idea.