1. Joey Gallo-Matt Olson Mega-Deal With A’s
You were all thinking it!
We’ve heard over, and over, and over, and over again about how such-and-such star really is the perfect fit for the Yankees, but … Matt Olson really is. The A’s slugger played Gold Glove defense at first base this season yet again, rocketing 39 bombs, knocking in 111 runs, striking out just 113 times, batting .271, and doing it all from the left side. His OPS+ of 153, after a 139 mark in his last full season in 2019, is not to be trifled with.
He’s also under contract through just 2023 and his price is beginning to escalate. Oakland will no doubt want to trade Olson next offseason if not this one … so why not force them to jump the gun?
Gallo can help fill the center field void left by the departing Starling Marte at the Coliseum, and he’s a familiar long-time division rival who might get an extra jolt from playing the Rangers (and a common set of rivals) again 19 times per year. He’s also only a one-year rental, so Oakland won’t be committing to escalating costs.
What if we attached … Luke Voit to this deal?! His value’s never been lower (thanks, Yanks), but he approximates Olson’s power and won’t be a free agent until the 2024 season ends. If the Bombers are intent on trading Voit anyway (they are), they might as well do it here instead of surrendering more prospect depth.
Voit and Gallo for Olson and No. 7 prospect slugging infielder Zac Gelof. Who says no? It’s too perfect.
It will never even be broached. We’re just going to sit on Gallo and watch Boston pull off “Bobby Dalbec-for-Olson,” aren’t we?