1 trade candidate from every AL West team the Phillies should consider

The AL West has been a favorite trade partner of the Phillies for a decade. Who will be the next star to head east to Philly?

Framber Valdez picked up two wins for the Astros in the 2022 World Series, but Houston may not be his forever home.
Framber Valdez picked up two wins for the Astros in the 2022 World Series, but Houston may not be his forever home. / Harry How/GettyImages
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Brandon Drury, Los Angeles Angels

If Drury maintains anything close to his offensive production of recent years, and assuming the Angels do not suddenly reverse their fortunes in the post-Ohtani era, he will probably be one of the most obvious candidates on the trade block this summer. Drury's two-year deal with the Angels is up at the end of the season, so he's almost guaranteed to be dealt if the Angels are out of the picture. 

The positives to Drury are his bat — he's put up a 111, 123, and 114 OPS+ over the past three seasons — and his positional versatility, as he's seen time all over the diamond. The downside is that he's not a defensive improvement anywhere in the Phillies' current lineup, and though his bat could be on the level of Alec Bohm or even better, he has a similar right-handed profile.

So, the question of how impactful he would be on the Phillies is certainly a valid one. Obviously, he's a good replacement in case of an injury to Bohm or Bryson Stott, or even Bryce Harper at first. If the Phillies are seeking a utility infielder, you'd imagine they'd go for one with a plus glove or a left-handed bat to complement Bohm, but when someone puts up numbers like Drury, you can't look away. For just two or three months of service, the Angels asking price will probably be very cheap.

He also seems to like the Bank, as seen in this Alek Thomas-imitation video:

It should also be noted that the Angels have to be happy with how that 2022 deal turned out. The mini-breakouts of Moniak and O'Hoppe likely bode well for the relationship of the two front offices, and the Angels might be looking for the next Reading or Lehigh Valley guy who won't get a fair chance on a stacked Phillies squad.