We’re getting into the heavyweights now. If the Texas Rangers want a legitimate return then they would have to deal either Gallo or Mazara. Gallo is at times an unsettling player to watch, but you can’t knock his 40 home runs and 92 RBI from 2018. Well, I actually did knock his RBI total; however, he still led the team in the statistic by a considerable amount.
Also, Gallo really proved his defensive worth this past season. He was outstanding all throughout the outfield, even holding his own in center field. The fact that the outfield has become Gallo’s titled position speaks volumes.
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His versatility certainly helps, but Gallo’s bat remains the primary factor. Would the Rangers be willing to forgo Joey Gallo’s potential in exchange for an unproven pitcher or two?
My guess is no. The Rangers may very well hurt for power next season. They don’t know what they’ll get from Rougned Odor or Elvis Andrus in the power department. They can hope for more power from Mazara, but that is no guarantee. And it’s a bit of a stretch to expect Jurickson Profar to hit 20+ out of the park again.
Texas needs Gallo’s power, even if it does coincide with a .210 batting average. The hope is the slugger will find a home in the cleanup role soon enough.