2. Joey Gallo
What once seemed like a “done deal” is now done in an entirely different way.
Joey Gallo will not be coming to the New York Yankees this summer, and the momentum seems to have slowed since back in May due to Gallo’s own volition.
He recently told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that not only does he not want to be dealt, but he instead wants to stay in Texas long-term.
"Gallo said he also has made it known to both the Rangers and Boras that the size of a potential contract extension is not going to be what drives him away from the Rangers. “I haven’t even talked about money,” Gallo said Friday before the Rangers opened a 10-game homestand. “Everybody keeps talking about money. It’s not money. I never want money. I want to be here, and I want to be here with a team that values me. Money is money. We can figure that out.”"
So … there it is! If you were among the Yankee fans who didn’t want any part of Gallo’s prodigious 50-homer lefty power and Gold Glove defense because he strikes out too often (as if that’s a major issue for any of MLB’s other high-performing teams), then you got what you want.
Gallo has continued to shine for a 20-games-under-.500 Texas team in recent weeks, hitting 13 homers, accruing 2.1 WAR, getting on base at a .384 clip and posting a 123 OPS+. We’d enjoy that roaming the outfield in the Bronx, filling in at center and first base, and changing the righty-heavy complexion of the Yankees lineup. However, there’s no point in figuring out how that might work now. A lot would have to change regarding Gallo’s contract status for Texas to ditch the face of their franchise and send him somewhere he’s not “wanted” after all.