Texas Rangers are open to trading Joey Gallo, but there’s a catch
We are at the time of the year when the Texas Rangers must consider swapping the face of their franchise …
At least according to a club official, all-star outfielder Joey Gallo is as available as all-star pitcher Kyle Gibson.
After the Rangers’ 3-2 win over the Oakland A’s at Globe Life Mall on Friday night, the team improved to 35-53. Other than air conditioning, there isn’t much to sell.
Trading Gibson and / or Gallo will be the main stories to follow in this team by MLB trade deadline July 30.
After that, there will be interest in whether they promote Double A Frisco’s Josh Jung. (They shouldn’t.) What if they won’t be hit for the third time this season. (They weren’t touched in five innings Friday night.)
Considering how far from a fight this team is, keeping Gibson is a returnable offense, while keeping Gallo has some appeal. Arlington is the perfect location for Gallo.
Gallo’s management won’t depend on GM Chris Young, but rather Rangers Czar Jon Daniels, who will want a Mark Teixeira-type comeback for his home run king.
The Rangers desperately need to do something big. They can’t trade Gallo for the type of comeback they landed in the Yu Darvish Agreement in 2017 it basically didn’t work at the big league level for the Rangers.
JD’s problem will be his desire to land several top prospects, and possibly a major league for Gallo, forcing him to hold onto an asset he may hold onto for too long.
There are many comparisons between Gallo and Teixeira, with one big exception. Gallo isn’t sure Teixeira was when JD traded him in 2007.
On July 31, 2007, the Rangers were 13 games under .500 and sent Teixeira to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for pitchers Beau Jones, Matt Harrison and Neftali Feliz, shortstop Elvis Andrus and wide receiver / first baseman Jarrod. Saltalamacchia.
Harrison, Feliz and Andrus all went on to become All-Stars. JD has made some good moves since then, like trading for Cliff Lee and signing Adrian Beltre, but Teixeira’s trading is the best deal of his long career.
Teixeira was 27, had a full season left on his contract before becoming a free agent and was represented by agent Scott Boras.
The Braves kept Teixeira for a calendar year before trading him to Anaheim, where he rented for two months before signing as a free agent with the New York Yankees.
It’s now 2021 and the Rangers are flirting with 20 games under .500. JD is no longer the general manager, but the president of baseball operations, which basically means … he’s the general manager.
Gallo is 27, eligible for arbitration in 2022, and the sooner he can be a free agent is 2023.
Teams prefer to eat leftover kitty litter rather than go through salary arbitration with a player. Rangers are more likely to deal with Gallo or give him a long-term contract before he can go through this process.
Because his agent is Boras, his preference has generally been to allow his high-end clients to become free agents and order the kind of contracts that players love, and teams end up hating.
We are talking about eight years, $ 200 million and more. Easy.
This assumes that Gallo continues to display the type of power numbers that it is currently posting.
Strikes (107) and batting average (.239) are not ideal, but ever since MLB commissioner Rob Manfred made it his business to crack down on pitchers who cheated, Gallo’s performance on the plate increased. It is not a coincidence.
Gallo can play in multiple positions and he will be attractive to National League teams as well.
If he continues to hit well over the next couple of weeks and more, Daniels will expect more in return for trading him.
He’ll find plenty of teams who want Joey Gallo, but he won’t find Mark Teixeira-caliber loot in return, which is why, ultimately, Gallo isn’t going anywhere this season.