Joey Gallo’s time within the Bronx is broadly anticipated to be up by Tuesday’s commerce deadline, and the Yankees have been exploring commerce prospects for the struggling outfielder. The Brewers, Padres, and Rays are among the many golf equipment who’ve proven curiosity within the former All-Star, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale writes.
San Diego discussed a Gallo deal throughout Spring Coaching, and has been linked to the slugger’s market a number of occasions prior to now, relationship again to Gallo’s time with the Rangers. The Rays and Brewers additionally had interest in Gallo finally 12 months’s deadline, and appear to be once more revisiting a commerce 12 months later.
After all, quite a bit has occurred to Gallo’s commerce worth prior to now 12 months, none of it good. After posting solely a .707 OPS in 228 plate appearances as a Yankees in 2021, Gallo’s droop has solely deepened this season. Gallo has hit solely .159/.282/.339 with 12 homers over 273 PA, with a wRC+ of 81 (the league common is 100) and strikeout and whiff charges that rank close to the underside of the league.
On the flip aspect, Gallo continues to be posting excellent hard-contact numbers and his 14.7% stroll charge is without doubt one of the better of any participant in baseball. A .217 BABIP solely deepens the frustration, but Gallo is so hardly ever making contact within the first place that his scuffles can’t be chalked as much as simply dangerous batted-ball luck. This lack of manufacturing within the pinstripes is “one thing I’m gonna have to essentially stay with for the remainder of my life,” Gallo advised The Athletic’s Lindsey Adler earlier this week. “It’s going to be powerful. I didn’t play properly, I didn’t stay as much as expectations. And that’s a troublesome capsule to swallow.”
The Yankees’ acquisition of Andrew Benintendi has all however confirmed that Gallo will probably be dealt, although what New York can count on again in return is an open query. The 28-year-old outfielder is a free agent after the season and is owed roughly $3.4MM for the rest of the 12 months, making it fairly potential that the Yankees should eat most or all of that cash except one other undesirable contract is swapped in return. Whereas groups certainly view Gallo as a change-of-scenery candidate, the Yankees don’t have a lot leverage in making an attempt to market him as such, since it’s so broadly identified that the membership needs to half methods with the outfielder.
In Tampa Bay’s case, the Yankees are certainly cautious of the concept of Gallo reviving himself on an AL East rival, and it’s honest to surprise if New York would need extra with a purpose to transfer Gallo inside the division. The Rays might have the extra obtrusive want for outfield assist on condition that Manuel Margot, Harold Ramirez, and Kevin Kiermaier are all injured, with Kiermaier being out for the season within the wake of hip surgical procedure.
Nonetheless, the Rays already made a left-handed hitting outfield improve yesterday, landing David Peralta in a commerce with the Diamondbacks. It’s potential this transfer may take the Rays out of the Gallo market, although the membership continues to be on the lookout for extra outfield depth, as Nightengale additionally stories that Tampa is serious about former Ray and present Crimson Tommy Pham.
Christian Yelich, Andrew McCutchen, Hunter Renfroe, and Tyrone Taylor have comprised Milwaukee’s outfield combine for a lot of the season, with McCutchen additionally getting the vast majority of DH time. Yelich is the one left-handed bat of the quartet, and Gallo may grow to be a platoon associate with Taylor in middle subject. 2019 was the one season Gallo performed a sizeable quantity of middle subject, however he acquitted himself fairly properly defensively up the center, even when proper subject is his perfect place — Gallo has gained the final two American League proper subject Gold Gloves.