The Texas Rangers and Joey Gallo would love to work out an extension, but a rebuilding club must look to deal from their best assets.
The Texas Rangers have had a busy six and a half months since the 2020 trade deadline, and they surely are not done.
All that and we didn’t even mention the signing of Japanese righty Kohei Arihara, as well.
We have previously looked at what the trade market for Jose Leclerc would look like if the Texas Rangers moved on from his services, but we have yet to survey the market for Joey Gallo.
The Texas Rangers know that Gallo is a superior talent when consistent, but that has been his weakness over the years.
We have seen glimpses of what could be in 2019 before his injury, but every other year has been mediocre offensive numbers other than his power and Gold Glove defense.
I believe there could be a huge market for Gallo if he comes out and plays well early in the 2021 season, but what does the market look like?
Here are the three potential fits for Gallo’s services, in my opinion, that could make sense for the Texas Rangers in a deal, beginning with an NL East powerhouse.
With the uncertainty surrounding the DH in the National League, the Braves have reluctantly pursued Marcell Ozuna and have left a hole in a corner outfield spot.
In house, the Braves have Ender Inciarte and highly-touted prospects Christian Pache and Drew Waters waiting in the wings, but no one to fill in immediately.
Joey Gallo would be the perfect match for Atlanta, even if they re-sign Ozuna to DH (assuming the DH in the N.L. is here to stay).
Gallo would immediately upgrade the outfield defense and help balance out a very right-handed heavy lineup.
He also would be given protection in the Braves lineup, which is something he has yet to have with the Texas Rangers.
Atlanta fans, imagine an outfield of Pache, Acuna Jr., and Gallo for the foreseeable future.
For Ranger fans, the Braves’ farm system is loaded with quality talent that would be able to impact the big league team within the next two years.
This is a match made in heaven, and could be made a possibility with a few phone calls.
Now, it’s onto to the A.L. East to a team that needs to balance out its slugging lineup.