10:57AM: Rays may not be very deep in the Gallo hunt Christy Akert of the New York Daily News asks “Yankees I want to go back” in response.
7:56AM: Joey GalloBronx’s time is widely expected to be up by Tuesday’s trade deadline, and the Yankees are exploring trade possibilities for the struggling outfielder. The Brewers, Padres and Rays are among the clubs that have expressed interest in the former All-Star. USA TODAY’S BOB NIGHTENGALE writes
San Diego discussed A Gallo deal during spring training, and the sluggers have been linked to the market several times in the past since Gallo’s time with the Rangers. Rays and Brewers too There was interest Gallo at last year’s deadline looks like revisiting a trade 12 months later.
Of course, a lot has happened to Gallo’s trade value over the past year, none of it good. After posting just a .707 OPS in 228 plate appearances as a Yankee in 2021, Gallo’s decline has only deepened this season. Gallo is hitting just .159/.282/.339 with 12 homers over 273 PA, a wRC+ of 81 (league average of 100) and strikeout and whiff rates near the bottom of the league.
Gallo, on the other hand, is still posting excellent contact numbers, and his 14.7% walk rate is one of the best in baseball. A .217 BABIP only deepens the frustration, but with Gallo rarely making contact at first, his struggles can’t be chalked up to bad batted-ball luck. This lack of production in pinstripes”Something I really have to live with for the rest of my life,” Gallo said Lindsay Adler of the Athletics Earlier this week. “It will be difficult. I didn’t play well and didn’t live up to expectations. And that’s a tough pill to swallow.”
Yankees’ Acquisition of Andrew Benintendi Confirmed that Gallo will be settled, though what New York can expect in return is an open question. The 28-year-old outfielder is a free agent after the season and is due around $3.4MM for the rest of the year, so the Yankees will have to eat most or all of that money unless another unnecessary contract swap is made. In return. While interested teams certainly consider Gallo a switch-scenario candidate, the Yankees aren’t too involved in trying to market him because it’s widely known the club wants to part ways with the outfielder.
In Tampa Bay’s case, the Yankees are certainly wary of the idea of Gallo reinventing himself as an AL East rival, and it’s fair to wonder if New York would be more willing to move Gallo within the division. The Rays may have a more glaring need for outside help Manuel Margot, Harold RamirezAnd Kevin Kiermaier All were injured, with Kiermaier out for the season following hip surgery.
However, the Rays already made a left-handed hitting outfield upgrade yesterday, landing David Peralta In a trade with the Diamondbacks. The move has the potential to take the Rays out of the Gallo market, though the club is still looking for more outfield depth, as the Nightingale reports that Tampa is interested in the former Ray and current Red. Tommy Baum.
Christian Yelich, Andrew McCutchen, Hunter RenfroAnd Tyrone Taylor Comprised of Milwaukee’s outfield mix for most of the season, McCutchen gets the bulk of the DH time. Yelich is the lone left-handed bat of the four, and Gallo could form a platoon partner with Taylor in center field. 2019 was the only season in which Gallo played a significant amount of center field, but he acquitted himself defensively from the middle.
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