Updated: May 31
Yankees Acquire Joey Gallo from Rangers
Written by: LaMarr Fields
The New York Yankees have officially acquired Joey Gallo from the Texas Rangers. Yankees are sending shortstop Josh Smith, second baseman Ezequiel Duran, second baseman/outfielder Trevor Hauver, and right-handed pitcher Glen Otto. Rangers not only sent Gallo but they sent left-handed reliever Joely Rodriguez and cash that should lower Gallo's salary impact on the Yankees.
Gallo will add some left-handed pop to the Yankees lineup. New York is averaging 4.16 runs per game which is 12th in the American League. Also, the Yankees' left-handed hitters have struggled this season, batting just .197.
Gallo is a two-time All-Star, and this season has compiled a slash line of .223/.379/.490. Also, Gallo has 25 home runs and 55 RBIs. In addition, Gallo leads the Majors in walks with 74, proving to be a patient hitter at the plate at times.
Gallo is a corner outfielder that can also play first base. In 2020, Gallo won a Gold Glove in the right field. The Yankees were able to acquire Gallo without parting ways with any top 13 prospects. Also, the Gallo is under the Yankees' control through the 2022 season. He will earn $6.2 million this year and be arbitration-eligible next year.
This is a good move for the Yankees, adding more pop to the lineup as they try to make it to the playoffs. It will be interesting to see how the rest of the season will playout for the Yankees.