So far in the 2022 MLB season, most things have gone right for the New York Yankees. The team has the best record in baseball and Aaron Judge is putting together an MVP-caliber season. However, recently the bottom of the batting order has struggled a little bit with most Yankees trade rumors focusing on improvements over the struggling Joey Gallo. While he is a free agent after this season, the Joey Gallo contract gives the team flexibility to add an impact bat at the deadline. With his struggles this season, don’t be surprised to see most New York Yankees trade rumors focus on moving the Joey Gallo contract.
What’s Remaining on Joey Gallo’s Contract
This year isn’t the first time that Gallo’s name has been tied to Yankees trade rumors. Last year’s deadline, he was sent from Texas to the Bronx for a package of prospects led by Glenn Otto and Ezequiel Duran. Before his time with the New York Yankees, Gallo won 2 Gold Gloves and was named to 2 All-Star teams. At the time, his performance and having over a year remaining on his contract warranted higher quality prospects.
Now, there is only a little over half a year remaining on the Joey Gallo contract. Combined with his struggles, trading for Gallo has never been easier. With the Yankees up against the Luxury Tax threshold, they likely won’t look to add too much money to move Gallo, as a result, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him moved for lower-level players.
Gallo has seen his spot in the order dropped to ninth, found himself on the bench more frequently and was even lifted for a pinch hitter late in a game. With his low cost and likely upcoming move, Gallo’s name has dominated recent Yankees trade rumors.
Why Should a Team Trade for Gallo?
While Gallo has struggled with the New York Yankees, he was a very productive player in Texas and it was believed the Rangers wanted to ink him to a long-term deal. His dramatic lefty pull approach limits his potential but with the removal of extreme shifts next season, Gallo will potentially see an uptick in his productivity.
If a team wants to take a flyer on a former all-star, that is still just 28 years of age, they could take a chance to see Gallo and offer him a prove it contract for next season. Doing so would allow Gallo to recoup some of his value and either be a cheap option for a contender or a potential trade option at next year’s deadline.
Yankees Trade Rumors
So far this cycle, the New York Yankees have been connected to almost every left fielder that could potentially be traded. Yankees fans have been rooting for their team to trade for Kansas City Royals outfielder Andrew Benintendi, Cubs outfielder Ian Happ and Ramon Laureano. The team has also been linked to high-end starting pitching, shortstops and bullpen help. The team could also look to keep the current outfield mix with Aaron Hicks‘ recent improvement while calling up Tim Locastro or Estevan Florial.
While the Yankees would certainly love to grab one of these outfielders in a Gallo trade, it’s likely the team will have to find separate trade partners to cast off the Joey Gallo contract. Worst case scenario, the team could look to DFA Gallo, but this would be very unlikely.
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