Should the Texas Rangers Consider Trading Joey Gallo?

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Jun 12, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Texas Rangers third baseman Joey Gallo (13) watches the ball as he hits a triple RBI during the second inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 12, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Texas Rangers third baseman Joey Gallo (13) watches the ball as he hits a triple RBI during the second inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports /
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The July 31st trade deadline continues to creep closer every day. The Rangers could be one of the biggest sellers this season, but it might not just be veterans on the move. Could the Rangers move Joey Gallo at the deadline?

At first glance it seems insane, why would the Texas Rangers trade Joey Gallo? The 23-year-old is in the middle of his first full season in the MLB. His power is legit, but the rest of his game still needs improvement.

This season Gallo is batting .197 with 20 home runs and 40 RBI in 70 games. He’s currently tied for fifth in homers in the MLB, but also leads the league in strikeouts with 102. It’s hard to imagine Gallo being more than a home run or nothing type of player.

The Rangers could sell high on Gallo at the deadline and move him for younger, but more versatile players. A rebuild is likely the best move for the future, and Texas could get a nice package for Gallo.

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In the past the Rangers have a problem of hanging onto a player too long until the value is basically gone (Jurickson Profar). This time the front office could get ahead of the problem and move Gallo before it’s too late.

It’s not that Gallo is a bad player, but he’s not going to live up to the hype. At best he’ll be an Adam Dunn type of player, basically all or nothing. It’s hard to imagine Gallo being an elite player, and they should field offers for him at the trade deadline.

It’s not a horrible idea, and the team could package Gallo with other veterans to score a top tier prospect. Moving Gallo is likely not going to happen, but the Rangers should at least listen to others, because who knows, someone might overpay.

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