The New York Yankees have agreed to acquire All-Star slugger Joey Gallo from the Texas Rangers, the Athletic’s Levi Weaver reports.
The deal is pending medical reviews.
Gallo represents a big swing from the Yankees, who have uncharacteristically struggled on offense in 2021. As of Wednesday afternoon, they were languishing 8.5 games out of first in the AL East and three games back of the second wild-card spot in the AL.
The hulking 27-year-old outfielder is also left-handed, and will immediately become the biggest threat from that side of the plate in what has been an overwhelmingly right-handed batting order. Gallo was not a surefire trade candidate. He remains under team control through the 2022 season, and was the Rangers’ best and most recognizable player … by a mile.
Speaking of miles, that is about how far Gallo can hit the ball. In the only two years where Gallo has logged a full slate of at-bats, he has hit 40 homers, and he’s on pace to make it 3-for-3 in 2021.
He’s also a tremendous athlete, adding value on defense in the outfield corners even with his 6-foot-5, 250-pound frame. After a rough go in the shortened 2020 season, he has picked back with serious plate discipline gains he made in 2019 and currently leads qualified hitters in walk rate. Gallo’s .379 on-base percentage so far this season is a career best.
The San Diego Padres were also rumored to be in pursuit of Gallo’s services.
The Yankees’ blockbuster move comes on the heels of the Oakland A’s acquiring outfielder Starling Marte earlier on Wednesday. The A’s currently hold the second AL wild card.
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