Brewers, Padres, Rays Interested in Joey Gallo

10:57 am: The rays may not be too deep in the Gallo hunt, like Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News hears that the “Yankees wanted too much back” in return.

7:56 am: Joey GalloThe time in the Bronx before Tuesday’s trading deadline is widely expected to be over, and the Yankees have been exploring trading opportunities for the struggling outfielder. The Brewers, Padres and Rays are among the clubs that have expressed interest in the former All-Star, writes USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.

San Diego discussed a Gallo deal during Spring Training and has been associated with the slugger market several times in the past, dating back to Gallo’s time with the Rangers. The Rays and Brewers also took an interest in Gallo at last year’s deadline, and appear to be looking at a trade again 12 months later.

Of course, quite a bit has happened to Gallo’s trading value in the past year, none of it good. After just a .707 OPS in 228 at-bats as Yankees in 2021, Gallo’s slump has only deepened this season. Gallo has hit just .159/.282/.339 with 12 home runs over 273 PA, with a wRC+ of 81 (the league average is 100) and strikeout and whiff rates near the bottom of the league.

On the other hand, Gallo still posts excellent hard contact numbers and his 14.7% running speed is one of the best of all baseball players. A .217 BABIP only adds to the frustration, but Gallo makes contact so rarely in the first place that his scuffle can’t be attributed to mere bad luck with the batted ball. This lack of production in the pinstripes is “something I will have to live with for the rest of my lifeGallo told Lindsey Adler of The Athletic earlier this week. “It gets heavy. I didn’t play well, I didn’t live up to expectations. And that’s a tough pill to swallow.”

The Yankees’ takeover of Andrew Benintendic has pretty much confirmed Gallo will be treated, though what New York can expect in return is an open question. The 28-year-old outfielder will be a free agent after the season and has about $3.4 million in credit for the remainder of the year, making it quite possible that the Yankees will have to eat most or all of that money unless another unwanted contract. is exchanged in return. While interested teams certainly see Gallo as a candidate for a different environment, the Yankees don’t have much leverage to market him as such as it is so widely known that the club wants to part with the outfielder.

In the case of Tampa Bay, the Yankees are certainly wary of the idea of ​​Gallo reviving itself on an AL East rival, and it’s fair to wonder if New York would want more to bring Gallo into the division. bring. The Rays may have the greatest need for assistance in the field, given that Manuel Margot, Harold Ramirezand Kevin Kiermaier are all injured, and Kiermaier has been out this season following hip surgery.

However, the Rays already made a left-handed outfield upgrade yesterday and landed David Peralta in a trade with the Diamondbacks. It is possible that this move will take the Rays out of the Gallo market, although the club is still looking for more depth in the field as Nightengale also reports Tampa is interested in former Ray and current Red. Tommy Pham.

Christian Yelich, Andrew McCutchen, Hunter Renfroeand Tyrone Taylor have been shaping Milwaukee’s outfield mix for much of the season, with McCutchen also getting most of the DH time. Yelich is the quartet’s only left-handed bat and Gallo could become a platoon partner with Taylor in midfield. 2019 was the only season Gallo played a significant chunk of midfield, but he pretty much cleared himself off center defensively, even though right field is his ideal position – Gallo has the last two gold gloves on right field of the American League won.

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