The New York Yankees’ season very well may be saved thanks to Joey Gallo.
He later revealed part of the package the Yankees sent in the deal:
Jack Curry of YES Network reported earlier Wednesday that the team was “pushing hard” to try for Gallo or a “Gallo-type” player, specifically to boost the offense with a left-handed option. Sluggers Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton both are right-handed.
Curry also noted the Yankees are $4 million away from the league’s luxury tax threshold, and Gallo is due $2.4 million to finish out the year before becoming arbitration-eligible.
Gallo, who has played all seven seasons of his career with the Rangers, hit .223 with 55 RBIs, 25 home runs and a league-leading 74 walks through 80 games this season. He also shines defensively, leading all right fielders in outs above average, according to Baseball Savant.
The 27-year-old was a late scratch from the team’s Wednesday game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
While the Rangers pretty much are a lost cause at 36-65 entering Wednesday, Gallo could be the boost the Yankees need to stay in the American League East race, where the Yankees (52-47) are 8 1/2 games behind the first-place Red Sox and seven games behind the second-place Tampa Bay Rays.