Analysis

Should the Yankees Target Joey Gallo at the Trade Deadline?

The Yankees will definitely be buyers at the Trade Deadline, so will a certain Rangers’ Slugger be in the Bombers’ crosshairs?

Are the Yankees back? After an impressive three-game sweep over the American League-powerhouse Chicago White Sox, the Bronx Bombers have won six straight and are nine games over .500, their highest mark all season. We’re quickly approaching June, and we can expect to hear some buzz on potential trade rumors that will lead up to the trade deadline in late July. As we all can expect, the Yankees will be heavy buyers at the deadline this season, and a lefty-swinging outfielder will almost certainly be on New York’s agenda as they try and chase a World Series Title. Among these lefty outfielders that may be moved this summer, one jumps out imparticular in Texas Rangers’ slugger Joey Gallo. The question is, is he a truly good fit for this ball club?

Who is Joey Gallo?

After hearing about Joey Gallo, a lot of Yankee fans may roll their eyes at his description and make-up. Gallo is a high strikeout guy but with light-tower power. He hit 41 and 40 home runs in 2017 and 2018, respectively, and has shown the ability to drive the baseball at an elite rate. He’s also a very solid on-base guy, as well. He has a career OBP of .330, which may not jump off the page, but it’s also nothing to sneeze at.

Gallo was having a phenomenal season in 2019 and was on pace for far and away his best season yet when he was hitting .253 with a .389 to pair with 22 homers in just 70 games. Unfortunately for Gallo, an oblique strain and wrist surgery ended his season short, as those were his only two significant injuries since he became a major force in the Rangers’ lineup. Gallo also had a 144 wRC+ and a wOBA of .401 in 2019, as well.

Lastly, something that stands out particularly with Gallo is that he’s a plus defender. Gallo can play both left and right field and even third and first base. Gallo had 13 DRS in 2020 with a UZR of 6.1, making him a top outfielder, especially considering his build and bulky size. This season, Gallo is hitting .209 but has a very strong OBP of .365. He’s clubbed seven balls over the wall and has driven in 21 RBI, while also stealing two bases.

Do the Yankees have Interest?

Obviously, I can’t give a concrete answer to this question, as there haven’t been any reports as of now linking Gallo to the Yanks.

What I can say, however, is that the Yankees have been in contact with the Rangers to some extent, as Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported that the Bombers and Texas have been chatting about a deal involving outfield depth-piece Delino DeShields Jr. Although it’s not Gallo, it proves that the Yankees are in-fact in contact with the Rangers, and probably other teams, about outfield help. However, I do expect the Yankees to aim bigger for impact outfielders than just DeShields, as he doesn’t provide much other than speed and defense.

This is complete speculation, but a guy like Gallo is an analytical darling in terms of run production, the ability to get on base, plus defense, etc. Whether or not the Bombers actually plan on pursuing Gallo remains to be seen, but don’t be surprised if the Yanks end up making a run at the Rangers star over the next two-plus months.

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