Chances are, if the New York Yankees were to entertain trading Joey Gallo this offseason, they’d be able to do it relatively easily.
After all, the former Texas Rangers slugger had a number of teams interested in acquiring him at the July 30 deadline, but the Yankees’ expanded package of promising prospects sealed the deal.
Even though Gallo’s play over the final two months was fairly concerning, it’s not like he developed any new deficiencies. He was just the worst version of himself (high strikeouts, no contact, limited power) in regard to the shortcomings everyone is aware he possesses.
In fact, potential suitors might even view this as a buy-low opportunity since he comes with a few less months of control after his forgettable showing in the Bronx.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post took the time to remind us of the other teams that spoke with the Rangers about at the deadline, and he noted they could all be in the mix again should general manager Brian Cashman start taking calls.
And if the universal designated hitter gets approved this offseason, you can count on this list growing.
What are possible trade destinations for Yankees slugger Joey Gallo?
Sherman says the Rays, White Sox, Braves, Brewers, Giants, Padres, and Phillies may be willing to entertain such a deal again after missing out on Gallo back in July. Ideally, you never want to trade with Tampa, so cross them off here. You might want to do the same with Chicago because the Yankees don’t need to strengthen their competition in the American League, especially with Gallo coming on a favorable one-year deal in his final year of arbitration eligibility.
All of the Braves, Brewers, Giants, Padres and Phillies certainly need an upgrade in their outfield, and Gallo’s versatility on defense should help keep these teams engaged throughout the offseason.
You can probably throw in the Reds here since they’re likely to lose Nick Castellanos.
But, again, is this something the Yankees want to do? The outfield market this offseason isn’t exactly flush with options (Castellanos, Joc Pederson, Adam Duvall, Starling Marte, Michael Conforto, Kyle Schwarber and Andrew McCutchen headline the class) that would float the Yankees’ boat. Most of those guys may command more money than what Gallo will make in 2022 and only few can play multiple outfield positions effectively.
The offseason begins in just over two weeks, so perhaps we’ll have more answers, but it doesn’t hurt to be armed with as much information as possible even if we don’t know what the Yankees’ plan will be.