Yankees: 3 potential replacements for Aaron Hicks after wrist injury

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ARLINGTON, TEXAS – MAY 08: Joey Gallo #13 of the Texas Rangers runs the bases after a solo home run against the Seattle Mariners in the second inning at Globe Life Field on May 08, 2021 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images) /

1. Trade for Joey Gallo

How have the Yankees not traded for Joey Gallo yet? Like…even prior to the Hicks injury and the Stanton soreness. How have the Yankees not traded for Joey Gallo in the time it took you to read this sentence?!

27 years old, on a rebuilding team stuck between battling and relenting, light-tower power, Gold Glove defense, and yes, he legitimately plays an above-average center field.

Gallo smashed 40+ homers in both 2017 and 2018 at the ages of 23 and 24, then put up an All-Star half-season in 2019, finally putting his average skills together with his pop before missing the remainder of the year with a nagging injury (broken hamate bone in his right wrist).

He suffered through a down shortened season (who didn’t?) but still showed off on-base skills, walking 29 times, OBP’ing .301 and hitting just .181. Elite patience. This year? More of the same. .206 average and a .350 OBP.

The strikeouts are absolutely a troublesome part of Gallo’s package, but let’s stop kidding ourselves. He wouldn’t be the only strikeout-prone bat in the Yankees lineup, his lefty power would play ridiculously well towards the short porch, and — remember — the Yanks have zero outfield depth. None. He would’ve been helpful long before Hicks’ wrist started to nag him, let alone Stanton’s lower legs.

Make the call tomorrow. Make the call before the night is up. We’re all counting on you.