Dodgers To Acquire Joey Gallo

The Dodgers are taking a shot Joey Gallo for the season’s closing few months. They’ve reportedly agreed to accumulate him from the Yankees in change for pitching prospects Clayton Beater.

Gallo has spent the previous yr within the Bronx, coming over from the Rangers in an enormous deadline deal final summer season. At the time, the power-hitting outfielder was recent off a second profession All-Star nod and carried a .223/.379/.490 line with 25 house runs in 95 video games. The Yankees little doubt envisioned his left-handed pop enjoying completely within the brief proper discipline porch at their house ballpark, however Gallo’s tenure in New York proved a significant disappointment.

The 28-year-old stumbled to a .160/.303/.404 line by means of 58 video games after the commerce final yr. While he is at all times been a high-strikeout participant, he noticed his charge of punchouts spike from 32.2% to 38.6%. He nonetheless related on 13 homers with the Yankees, however the 70 level dip in each his batting common and on-base marks absolutely wasn’t what common supervisor Brian Cashman and his workers had in thoughts.

The Yankees retained Gallo by way of arbitration in hopes his manufacturing would bounce again in direction of his profession norms. The reverse transpired, as his struggled turned much more pronounced in 2022. Gallo’s strikeout charge held close to its late-2021 degree (38.8%), and his energy has taken a step again. He’s hit 12 homers in 82 contests, watching his common exit velocity fall from a robust 91.3 MPH to a near-average 88.4 MPH. Gallo’s nonetheless drawing loads of walks, however merely common batted ball metrics aren’t adequate for a participant who whiffs as usually as he does.

New York’s frustrations with Gallo’s continued struggles mounted (as did his personal, as he candidly addressed with Lindsey Adler of the Athletic not too long ago). The Yankees started to curtail his enjoying time in favor of the hot-hitting Matt Carpenter. They then acquired Andrew Benintendi from the Royals for a trio of pitching prospects final week, all however formally ending Gallo’s time within the group.

It’s an inopportune time to market Gallo, however the Dodgers actually aren’t anticipating they’re getting a participant who’ll hit .159/.291/.368 — as Gallo did in over 500 plate appearances with New York. They’re betting on his pre-Yankees monitor file, hoping {that a} change of surroundings and maybe some desired mechanical tweaks can get him again on monitor. Gallo is able to carrying a lineup at its finest, as he did throughout final yr’s first half in Texas and through a half-season in 2019 when he hit .253/.389/.598 with 22 homers. He’s additionally a wonderful defensive nook outfielder and baserunner, and he addresses a nook outfield combine that’s presently with out Chris Taylor on account of a foot fracture (though Taylor is anticipated to return properly prematurely of the beginning of the postseason).

Once Taylor returns, Gallo figures to work off the bench behind Taylor, Cody Bellinger and Mookie Betts. He’ll add some left-handed energy to a gaggle that additionally consists of Jake Lamb, whereas he provides a plus defensive outfielder for late-game conditions. It’s a short-term pickup for a membership that is actually headed to the playoffs (and really more likely to win the NL West). Gallo is slated to achieve free company on the finish of the season. He’s enjoying this yr on a $10.275MM wage, round $3.7MM of which is but to be paid. The Dodgers will assume the reminder of that cash, per Jon Heyman of the New York Post (Twitter hyperlink).

In change for the ultimate couple months of Gallo’s companies, the Yankees picked up a current supplemental second-round choose. Beeter, a righty from Texas Tech, checked in because the #15 prospect within the LA system on Baseball America’s most up-to-date rankings. He generates plus life on his mid-upper 90s fastball and has a superb downhill curveball, however his lack of management appears more likely to ultimately push him to the bullpen. The 23-year-old has spent the season in Double-A, pitching to a 5.75 ERA with an enormous 36.1% strikeout charge however an untenable 14.3% stroll proportion throughout 18 appearances (16 begins).

Pat Ragazzo of Sports Illustrated first reported the deal.

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