3 southpaw-mashers the Dodgers should pursue at the trade deadline

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SAN DIEGO, CA - JUNE 16: Jordan Luplow #8 of the Arizona Diamondbacks hits a double during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres July 16, 2022 at Petco Park in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JUNE 16: Jordan Luplow #8 of the Arizona Diamondbacks hits a double during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres July 16, 2022 at Petco Park in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) /
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2. Brandon Drury

If the Dodgers want to spend more to outbid other teams for a better player, then Brandon Drury is the guy. There’s no denying that Drury would have a bigger impact than just being someone who can hit left-handed pitching but other teams also know that and are going to be calling the Reds.

Drury is not some superstar that’s going to warrant a top-100 prospect. However, the Reds could probably get at least one prospect from the Dodgers’ top 12 or so that’s not ranked in the top 100. That’s much more than what Andrew Friedman is going to have to send in a potential Grossman deal.

The Cincinnati infielder has had similar success against left-handed pitching as Grossman this season. In 87 plate appearances against southpaws, Drury has a 1.032 OPS, which is the ninth-best in the league. His power against lefties has been absurd, as he has slugged eight home runs, paving the way for the fourth-best slugging percentage against lefties.

Drury has fared much better against right-handed pitching as well. He has an overall OPS above .800 this season with an OPS+ of 129. Drury also fits the bill for the Dodgers since he can play anywhere in the infield in addition to left field if needed.

The only thing that might hold the Dodgers back is the price versus what the team needs. Drury is someone who is playing like an everyday starter and, in reality, they just need someone who can start against southpaws and come off the bench.

With Drury being on an expiring deal with a small salary, there will be a team that trades significant prospect capital for him, and the Dodgers may not do that because this isn’t that pressing of a need.

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