Drury has yet to report to Mets' spring training, Justin Toscano of The Bergen Record reports.
It's unclear why the 28-year-old has yet to join the team in Florida, though it's apparently not related to an injury. Drury signed a minor-league deal with the Mets during the offseason and figures to provide organizational infield depth in 2021.
Drury signed a minor-league contract with the Mets on Friday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
The 28-year-old appeared in 21 games in 2020 for the Blue Jays and had a .358 OPS in 49 plate appearances before being designated for assignment at the start of September. Drury provides organizational infield depth for the Mets after the departures of Amed Rosario and Andres Gimenez in the trade for Francisco Lindor.
Drury cleared waivers Friday and was outrighted to the Blue Jays' alternate training site.
Drury failed to make an impact during his time on the big-league roster, hitting just .152/.184/.174 in 49 plate appearances. He now owns a .205/.254/.346 slash line over the last three seasons combined, so it's hardly a surprise that he passed through waivers unclaimed.
The Blue Jays designated Drury for assignment Monday.
Drury was cast off the 40-man roster following Monday's acquisition of Jonathan Villar, who is expected to serve as Toronto's everyday shortstop until Bo Bichette (knee) returns from the 10-day injured list. Before being optioned to the Blue Jays' alternate site over the weekend, Drury posted a .358 OPS over his 49 plate appearances with the big club.
Drury was optioned to the Blue Jays' alternate training site Friday.
Drury was in the lineup for eight of the Blue Jays' last 13 games, but he picked up just five hits over 25 at-bats during that span, so the team decided to remove him from the roster to open up a spot for Daniel Vogelbach. Chances are Drury will rejoin the big club at some point, but given his .358 OPS on the season, he may not get the chance to play as regularly again.
Drury will start at second base and will bat sixth Wednesday against the Orioles.
He'll be filling in at the keystone for Cavan Biggio, who receives his first day off of the season. While Drury likely won't be a serious threat to poach additional starts from Biggio, the 27-year-old's versatility along with the absence of everyday shortstop Bo Bichette (knee) has his playing time on the upswing. Drury is making his fourth start in five games, drawing assignments at three different positions during that stretch.
Drury is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Red Sox.
As expected, Drury has faded into a reserve role since Travis Shaw (personal) was reinstated from the bereavement list Tuesday. He'll be out of the starting nine for a fourth straight game.
Drury will start at third base and bat ninth Thursday against the Nationals.
Drury will stick in the lineup for the fourth time in five games since returning from the injured list over the weekend. All four of those starting assignments have come at the hot corner, so he'll most likely shift back to a bench role once Travis Shaw (personal) returns from the bereavement list.
Drury (undisclosed) was activated off the injured list Sunday and is starting at third base and batting eighth against the Rays.
The 27-year-old landed on the injured list in early July and never joined the team at summer camp, but he was able to remain ready away from the team. Drury will look to rebound after posting a .218/.262/.280 slash line with 15 home runs in 120 games last season.
Manager Charlie Montoyo said Drury (undisclosed) could meet up with the team for exhibition games in Boston on Tuesday and Wednesday, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports.
The 27-year-old has been on the injured list for undisclosed reasons since the start of summer camp, though he's continued participating in some baseball activities at the team facility in Florida. Drury is expected to work in a utility role this season, but his availability for Opening Day won't be determined until later in the week.
The Blue Jays placed Drury on the 10-day injured list Wednesday due to an unspecified issue.
Drury was one of four Blue Jays placed on the IL, with no explanation given for any of the transactions. The move is retroactive to June 30, so if deemed healthy, Drury would be eligible to return from the IL before the Blue Jays begin their season July 23 or 24. Drury is expected to serve as a utility man for Toronto in 2020 after batting .218 with 15 home runs and 41 RBI over 447 plate appearances last season.
Drury is expected to begin the season in a bench role for the Blue Jays despite a weak .125/.192/.167 slash line through 26 plate appearances this spring.
The versatile utility man played every position on the diamond other than pitcher, catcher and center field last year, but Drury's bat hasn't been an asset since he left Arizona after the 2017 campaign. The 27-year-old could face competition for playing time around the infield from Joe Panik, and Santiago Espinal was also making a strong impression in camp before MLB hit pause on the season, so the chances of Drury seeing anything close to the 447 PAs he got in 2019 appear slim at best.
Drury signed a one-year, $2.05 million contract with the Blue Jays on Thursday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
The 27-year-old had a subpar season at the plate last season as he slashed .218/.262/.380 with 15 home runs over 120 games with the Blue Jays. Although his production in 2019 was discouraging, Drury's defensive versatility allows him to see a fair share of playing time.
Drury was a late addition to Saturday's lineup against the Rays. He will start at third base and hit fifth.
Vladimir Guerrero was scratched with a sore knee, so Drury gets added to the mix. He is hitting .188 with one home run in 14 games this month.
Drury is not in Saturday's lineup against the Rays, Ben Wagner of Sportsnet reports.
He is hitting .188 with one home run in 14 games this month. Richard Urena is starting at shortstop and hitting ninth.
Drury is not in the lineup Friday against the Rays.
Drury had started each of the last five games, appearing at shortstop and both infield corners. Rowdy Tellez and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will man the corners Friday, with Richard Urena starting at shortstop.
Drury went 1-for-6 with a solo home run and a walk in Monday's 11-10 win over the Orioles in 15 innings.
Drury was making a start at his third position in as many days, this time playing shortstop after previously seeing action at first and third base. With Bo Bichette (concussion) seemingly unlikely to return before the regular season ends Sunday, Drury could enjoy a fairly stable role over the Blue Jays' final five games.
Drury will start in left field and bat eighth Sunday against the Astros, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports.
Drury will pick up his fourth straight start and fifth in six games, this time replacing a banged-up Derek Fisher (undisclosed) in left field. Though the 27-year-old doesn't have a direct path to an everyday role at any position, his ability to play all over the diamond in addition to both corner outfield spots should help Drury earn at least a handful of starts per week during the season's final month.
Drury is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Dodgers.
Though Drury does not have a set spot on the diamond, he's been playing close to every day lately with Lourdes Gurriel (quad) on the injured list. Prior to this absence, Drury had started eight out of the last nine games for Toronto, logging reps at first base, third base, second base, left field and designated hitter over that stretch. He's still struggling to get on base at a good clip, but he's slugging .457 since the All-Star break, up from .383 in the first half.
Drury went 2-for-5 with a home run and five RBI in Monday's win over the Rangers.
The Jays offense put runs on the board in six of eight innings on its way to a 19-run, 21-hit eruption, but it was Drury's fourth-inning grand slam that kicked the rout into overdrive. The utility player has seen action at every defensive position except catcher and center field this season, and with Toronto potentially rotating its starters through the DH spot down the stretch in the wake of Freddy Galvis heading to Cincinnati, Drury could be in line for consistent at-bats as he fills in for whoever is getting a partial day off.
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