1. Joey Gallo
Just yesterday, Joey Gallo no longer seemed like a primary trade candidate for the Yankees, especially with Voit in the fold and plenty of outfield reps to go around for the remaining guys on the roster. Gallo’s lefty bat is also a bit redundant. There are other outfield options that the Yankees can target if they want to upgrade.
But now that there’s a gaping hole at first base for the foreseeable future, perhaps chasing Gallo for the rumored asking price (one high-ceiling prospect and one mid-level prospect) at this juncture could be a prudent move.
Gallo can play first base, third base, and all three outfield spots. That would give the Yankees more flexibility than you could ever imagine. Though he’s a three-true-outcome bat, it’s not outlandish to think he’ll be much more successful surrounded by some of the best hitters in the game. It’s understandable why he hasn’t been able to maintain consistency in Texas. The Rangers have largely been bad for years.
This would also give Boone a chance to preserve his guys without dropping punt lineups. Gallo’s presence as a power hitter and lefty would be beneficial regardless of the situation. And he could help provide more breathers for Judge, LeMahieu, Urshela, Frazier, etc.
Cashman could be hitting the phones well before this year’s July 31 deadline. That’s all we’re sayin’.