It would appear general manager Brian Cashman was tired of hearing Yankees fans complain about his lack of incentive to make a big splash before Friday’s trade deadline.
In fairness to the fan base, however, those grievances were justified, as Cashman had already missed out on close to a handful of potentially season-altering moves.
Luckily for everyone, that conversation ended in one fell swoop on Wednesday night, as the Yankees reportedly struck a deal with the Rangers for Joey Gallo.
The Yankees’ need for a left-handed hitting outfielder is glaring, and Gallo, who’s slashing .233/379/.490 with 25 home runs and 55 RBI, fills that bill.
The Yankees have reportedly acquired OF Joey Gallo from the Rangers.
The trade hasn’t been made official yet by either club, so maybe the Yankees and Rangers are hashing out some minor details. If you recall, the Phillies looked to be in pole position to acquire Tyler Anderson from the Pirates before that deal fell apart and the southpaw hurler landed in Seattle.
Assuming that doesn’t happen here, this blockbuster will serve as the shot in the arm the Bombers have desperately needed to strengthen their playoff push.
Widely viewed as a perfect fit for the Yankees’ right-dominated lineup and their short porch in right field, Gallo should make an immediate impact in the middle of the lineup. How tired have Yankees fans grown of seeing five or six righties in a row in the daily card?
That shouldn’t be a problem anymore, especially with switch-hitting Greg Allen seemingly solidifying an everyday role for the immediate future.
As for the package going back to the Rangers, ESPN’s Jeff Passan understands it’ll include Ezequiel Duran, Trevor Hauver Glenn Otto and Josh Smith. However, more Yankees prospects could be on their way to Texas as the details are finalized, per Passan.
According to Lindsey Adler of The Athletic, Everson Pereira and Randy Vasquez are other prospects to keep an eye on. Either way, this is a great deal for the Yankees, who, aside form Duran, largely gave up second-tier prospects to acquire one of MLB’s most feared sluggers.
And for any fans complaining that Gallo represents another power bat who’s among the league leaders in strikeouts, can we not have that conversation now, please? We’re still talking about a player with effortless power, a .379 OBP and an .869 OPS.
Who knows? Now that Gallo’s surrounded by adequate major league talent, who’s to say his production doesn’t skyrocket in the Bronx?
What a rush! Now, let’s go finish off the Rays.