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Report: Brandon Drury, Angels Agree to 2-Year $17M Contract After Padres Stint

Doric SamDecember 21, 2022

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 19: Brandon Drury #17 of the San Diego Padres celebrates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run during the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies in game two of the National League Championship Series at PETCO Park on October 19, 2022 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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After spending the second half of the 2022 season with the San Diego Padres, third baseman Brandon Drury has found a new home, but he won't have to go far.

Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports that Drury has agreed to a two-year, $17 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday.

Drury began the 2022 season on a minor league deal with the Cincinnati Reds before making the team's Opening Day roster. He hit 20 home runs in 92 games with the Reds, increasing interest from teams around the league prior to the trade deadline.

The Padres acquired Drury in August in exchange for prospect Victor Acosta. The 30-year-old finished the year with the best numbers of his career, hitting a combined .263/.320/.492 with career highs of 28 home runs and 87 RBI.

As a utilityman, Drury appeared at all four infield positions and also played right field this year. He earned a National League Silver Slugger Award for his production at the plate in 2022.

In addition to the Reds and the Padres, Drury also spent time with the Arizona Diamondbacks, New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays and New York Mets during his eight-year career.

The addition of Drury continues a busy offseason for the Angels. Los Angeles acquired slugger Hunter Renfroe in a trade with the Milwaukee Brewers in November. Earlier in the offseason, the team traded for third baseman Gio Urshela from the Minnesota Twins and signed starting pitcher Tyler Anderson.

Drury joins a lineup that will include former American League MVPs Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani, and they all will try to help the Angels end their eight-year postseason drought in 2023.