The New York Yankees gave up some familiar names in order to acquire Joey Gallo from the Texas Rangers. Who did they give up and what does it mean for the team’s future?
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The Yankees gave up INF/OF Nick Solak and RHP Ronald Herrera
The Yankees have agreed to trade INF/OF Nick Solak and RHP Ronald Herrera to the Texas Rangers for OF Joey Gallo, according to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand.
Solak, 25, was a second-round pick by the Yankees in the 2016 MLB Draft. He made his major league debut with the club in 2019, posting a . carnation average/.752 OPS with two home runs and nine RBI in 28 games.
Herrera, 24, was acquired by the Yankees from the San Diego Padres in July 2014 as part of the trade that sent INF Chase Headley to San Diego. He made his major league debut with New York in 2017, but he has not pitched in the majors since. Between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last season, Herrera went 5-4 with a 2.23 ERA in 23 games (22 starts).
Gallo is a 6’5″, 235-pound slugger who has hit 41 homers in each of the past two seasons
Gallo is a 6’5″, 235-pound slugger who has hit 41 homers in each of the past two seasons. He is under contract through 2022 and is not eligible for free agency until after the 2023 season. The Rangers will also receive $1 million in international slot money as part of the trade.
The Yankees are giving up two minor league prospects in outfielder Clint Frazier and right-handed pitcher Diaz. Frazier, 24, was a first-round pick by the Cleveland Indians in 2013 and was acquired by the Yankees in the 2016 trade that sent Andrew Miller to Cleveland. In parts of three seasons with the Yankees, Frazier has hit .231 with 17 homers and 47 RBIs in 128 games.
Diaz, 22, was signed by the Yankees as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 2014. He has compiled a 9-7 record with a 3.54 ERA and 143 strikeouts in 158 innings pitched across three minor league levels.
The Yankees see him as a perfect complement to their lineup, which already includes Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, and Gary Sanchez
The Yankees see him as a perfect complement to their lineup, which already includes Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, and Gary Sanchez. The Bombers have been linked to Gallo for quite some time now, and they finally pulled the trigger on a deal that will send him to the Bronx. In return for Gallo, the Rangers will receive right-handed pitcher Zach Dempsie and infielder Nick Solak.
Gallo will likely play left field for the Yankees, with Brett Gardner moving to a reserve role
The New York Yankees have acquired outfielder/first baseman Joey Gallo and right-handed pitcher Cory Gearrin from the Texas Rangers in exchange for right-handed pitcher Jesse Chavez, infielder Brendon Riddle and cash considerations.
Gallo, 25, batted .253 (109-for-430) with 80R, 31 doubles, 2 triples, 41HR and 92RBI in 122 games with Texas last season. He also led the American League in walks (84), ranked third in home runs (41), third in slugging percentage (.561) and 10th in on-base percentage (.377). Among Major League outfielders, his 41 home runs ranked first, while his .561 slugging percentage ranked second.
In parts of four seasons with the Rangers (2016-19), Gallo has hit .209 (287-for-1,378) with 237R, 70 doubles, 3 triples, 89HR and 246RBI in 401 games.
The Yankees are hopeful that Gallo can help them get back to the World Series for the first time since 2009
The New York Yankees have been one of the most successful teams in baseball over the last decade, thanks in large part to their farm system. They have developed a number of star players, including Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and Luis Severino. The team has also made some savvy trades, acquiring players like Aroldis Chapman and Sonny Gray.
One of the most recent trades the Yankees made was for Texas Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo. Gallo is a power hitter with a lot of potential, but he has also struck out a lot throughout his career. The Yankees are hopeful that Gallo can help them get back to the World Series for the first time since 2009.
So who did the Yankees give up for Gallo? Here’s a look at the trade:
The Yankees traded outfielders Clint Frazier and Brett Gardner to the Rangers for Gallo. Frazier is a top prospect who was ranked as high as No. 29 on Baseball America’s midseason top 100 prospects list. He made his major league debut last season and hit .283/.331/.513 with four home runs in 39 games. Gardner is a veteran who has been with the Yankees since 2008. He is a solid player, but he is also 34 years old and his best days are behind him. He hit .251/.325/.374 with 10 home runs last season.
The Rangers are getting two solid players in return for Gallo, but neither is a superstar. Frazier has a chance to be a very good player, but he is still unproven at the major league level. Gardner is a solid player, but he is getting up there in age and his production has declined in recent years. In all likelihood, this trade will be seen as a win for the Yankees in the long run.