Yankees fans have truly lost it if they think Brandon Drury trade is worth it


You remember Brandon Drury, don’t you? The guy the New York Yankees traded for back in 2018 in a three-way deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Tampa Bay Rays? Legendary stuff.

Drury spent 18 awful games in the Bronx before being traded to the Toronto Blue Jays in the JA Happ deal. Please make this stop. Bad memories everywhere.

It seems Yankees Twitter doesn’t care, though. With the Cincinnati Reds in town this week, some believe Drury, who now plays for the NL Central team and is expected to be moved at the trade deadline for assets, should land on his feet back in New York.

Look, even though Drury’s days with the Bombers were severely affected by vision issues, there’s absolutely no need for general manager Brian Cashman to surrender any sort of asset for the soon-to-be 30-year-old who is wildly out-performing his below-average career numbers.

Also … where are you going to play the guy? The Yankees already have two utility infielders in Marwin Gonzalez and DJ LeMahieu who are doing just fine. Josh Donaldson plays a sterling third base. Gleyber Torres has been sensational at second base.

You must be mad at Isiah Kiner-Falefa, aren’t you? Well, sorry, because Drury has only 11 games at shortstop for his career, two of which have come in 2022. What’s your solution here?!

Yankees fans thinking the team should trade for Brandon Drury have lost the plot

Oh … yes. Yankee Fans Disease has struck again. It’s all about the offense. If everyone in the lineup isn’t OPSing over .800 or OPS+ing in the 110s, then they’re useless. No need to employ them.

Fine, though. We’ll play this game. Say the Yankees were to “upgrade” over a guy like Gonzalez and instead added Drury’s bat, which has been prolific in 2022. He’s hitting .277 with an .873 OPS, 131 OPS+, 53 runs scored, 18 doubles, 18 homers and 50 RBI. Wildly good.

What in the WORLD makes you think that production will be sustained? Why would it ever be a good idea to trade for someone at the height of their value while sporting a career .253 average, .736 OPS and 91 OPS+? Drury’s been below-average for almost his entire 583-game stint in MLB, sports a negative dWAR (-2.9) and -32 Defensive Runs Saved across that span. He’s got six postseason plate appearances to boot, compared to Gonzalez’s plentiful experience.

What’re we doing here?

Everyone has watched the Yankees ascend to the top of MLB with a revamped defensive approach, better baserunning, and timely hitting. Only two players who see a ton of starting reps (IKF and Joey Gallo) are below-average hitters with the Yankees. 

So far, 13% of Drury’s career has been considerably above-average. The rest? Bad. But this is what Yankee Fan Disease does to some unlucky folk out there. The desire to fill this lineup with the best players on the face of the planet will not rest until it’s completed.

Enjoy zero sleep for the rest of your life, then.