Three Players To Keep An Eye On As Trade Season Approaches And Two To Avoid

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Brandon Drury
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Name to monitor: Brandon Drury

An inter-division trade in the AL West may not seem super likely, but it all depends what the Angels do with Shohei Ohtani. If the Angels currently 8.5 back in the AL West, fall farther off the pace and decide to shop their generational DH/pitcher, might they trade other desirable pieces?

If the Angels move Ohtani and reload, they may be two-three years from trying to contend again, Mike Trout or not. Enter Brandon Drury as a potential Astros target.

Drury is signed through next season, and if LA rebuilds, wouldn't make a ton of sense their. The utility man is hitting .254 this season with 10 home runs, an .800 OPS and a .115 OPS+. He predominately plays second and third base, but has made 69 starts at first base in his career.

Drury would provide some much-needed thump from the right side of the plate and could be an option at first if José Abreu doesn't find form. If the Angels decide to sell, Drury makes a ton of sense in Houston.