Joey GalloThe time in the Bronx is expected to be over by Tuesday’s trade deadline, and the Yankees have been exploring trade possibilities for the struggling outfielder. The Brewers, Padres and Rays are among the clubs that have shown interest in the former All-Star, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale writing.
San Diego discussed a Gallo deal during spring training, and has been linked to the slugger market a number of times in the past, dating back to Gallo’s time with Rangers. Rays and Brewers too had interest in Gallo at last year’s deadline, and appear to be revisiting an exchange again 12 months later.
Of course, a lot has happened to Gallo’s trade value over the past year, nothing good. After posting just a .707 OPS in 228 plate appearances as a Yankees in 2021, Gallo’s crisis has only gotten worse this season. Gallo only hit .159 / .282 / .339 with 12 homers in 273 PA, with a wRC+ of 81 (league average is 100) and strikeout and odor rates that rank near the bottom of the league.
On the other hand, Gallo still puts up outstanding hard contact numbers and his 14.7% walk rate is one of the best of any baseball player. A .217 BABIP only adds to the frustration, but Gallo so rarely makes contact in the first place that his scuffles can’t be attributed to just bad batting luck. This lack of production in the stripes is “something i will really have to live with for the rest of my life“said Gallo Athletic’s Lindsey Adler earlier this week. “It’s going to be hard. I didn’t play well, I didn’t live up to expectations. And it’s a hard pill to swallow.”
The Yankees acquisition of André Benintendi has all but confirmed that Gallo will be dealt with, although what New York can expect in return is an open question. The 28-year-old outfielder is a post-season free agent and owes an estimated $3.4 million for the remainder of the year, making it entirely possible the Yankees will have to eat most or all of that money at unless another unwanted contract is exchanged. in return. While interested teams surely view Gallo as a candidate for a change of scenery, the Yankees don’t have much leverage trying to market him as such, since he’s so widely known the club wants to part ways with the outfielder.
In the case of Tampa Bay, the Yankees are surely wary of the idea of Gallo reviving on an AL East rival, and it’s fair to wonder if New York would want more to move Gallo within the division. . The Rays may be in dire need of outfield help given that Manuel Margot, Harold Ramirezand Kevin Kiermaier are all injured, with Kiermaier out for the season following hip surgery.
However, the Rays already made a left-handed outfield upgrade yesterday, landing David Peralta in a trade with the Diamondbacks. It’s possible the move could take the Rays out of the Gallo market, though the club is still looking for more outfield depth, as Nightengale also reports Tampa are interested in the former Ray and current Red. Tommy Pham.
Christian Yelich, Andrew McCutchen, Hunter Renfroeand Tyrone Taylor made up Milwaukee’s outfield mix for much of the season, with McCutchen also getting the majority of DH time. Yelich is the lone left-handed batsman in the quartet, and Gallo could become a platoon partner with Taylor in center field. 2019 was the only season where Gallo played a significant amount of central midfield, but he acquitted himself quite well defensively in the middle, even though the right field is his ideal position – Gallo won the last two Golden Gloves of the American League right field.