Texas Rangers: Predicting who gets dealt at the MLB Trade Deadline
By Kenneth Nash
Elite Slugger: Joey Gallo
It seems so strange to even seen this on a list like this but if the Texas Rangers aren’t willing to even consider offers for their best player, they aren’t doing business right. Gallo has two years of team control left meaning he’s entering the window in which most players of his caliber either get dealt while their value is at a peak, or they sign a long-term extension. Texas likely is in the camp of signing their best homegrown product to a long-term deal sooner rather than later but with how far off the pace of contention they look, all options should be on the table.
If a club is looking to pry Gallo away from Arlington you can sure the asking price will be astronomical. Gallo, while his offensive production has dropped, looked like a budding MVP candidate last season prior to a hamate bone injury that sidelined him for most of the second half of the year. Now, locked in as a starting right fielder for Texas, he has shown an elite arm to pair with great athleticism and light-tower power at the plate.
While Gallo no doubt will get interest, especially this offseason, Texas’ asking price certainly will be through the roof. The Texas Rangers view Gallo as their franchise player moving forward and are sure to ask for a haul of young talent to part ways with their star. Not saying they would get this, but I would not be shocked if Texas is asking for a package near or exceeding what the Dodgers gave up for Mookie Betts this past offseason. More likely, Texas will look to get a long-term deal done with Gallo soon and continue trying to build around the 26-year old.