The New York Yankees should trade for Joey Gallo — AND a few other guys! — this July.
Yankees Twitter has spent the latter part of this offseason attempting to manifest a Joey Gallo trade to the Bronx, where the lefty bat and surprisingly impressive fielder (Gold Glover!) would no doubt love hitting moonshots over the short porch.
Is there any indication Gallo’s available? No, not really. But is his salary escalating as the arbitration years pile up? And is Khris Davis now suddenly in the Rangers outfield, with a need to soak up at-bats? Both true statements.
Therefore, as much as we might be intrigued by Gallo’s potential arrival, he comes with a $6.2 million price tag, which would eat up a large portion of the Yankees’ flexibility (~$10 million of wiggle room before that dreaded $210 million luxury tax threshold), something they intend to keep for…drumroll please…midseason acquisitions!
Well, what if we turned Gallo into a midseason acquisition, then? And made the deal a little bit larger, filling other areas of need which are sure to arise as the Yanks’ season continues?
If the Yankees decide they need bullpen help at the deadline, a Gallo package can be expanded to include a potential All-Star reliever like José Leclerc, who went down with a shoulder injury in 2020, but struck out 100 men in 68.2 innings pitched the previous season, and posted a 1.56 ERA the year prior, whiffing 85 in 57.2 innings pitched.
Or maybe the rotation ends up as the Yankees’ biggest bugaboo? Well, what about a depth piece like Texas’ Kyle Gibson, a long-time favorite of mine, who feels like a prototypical four starter and loves to keep the ball on the ground? Ignore his 5.35 ERA last year; you can basically ignore everyone’s statistics from last year — especially Trevor Bauer’s. The Yankees don’t need any more high-variance options. They need innings-eaters like Gibson, who can be ultra-reliable at the back end.
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The world certainly is trying to manifest Gallo’s presence in the Bronx, and we would love to add his versatile lefty bat — which can be picked up and plopped into slots all around the diamond.
But if the Yankees ever get down the road with the Rangers, maybe they should consider sweetening the pot on both ends. Gallo and Leclerc/Gibson for two top-10 prospects (Luis Gil and Alexander Vizcaino?), Albert Abreu and Mike Tauchman. Who says no?