Texas Rangers trade partner: New York Yankees
The Yankees have also been linked to Gallo frequently this season.
The right-handed heavy lineup in the Bronx is in need of a boost, and Yankees general manager Brian Cashman may be one of the executives at the other end of a phone call with the Rangers’ brass.
Yankee Stadium has served left-handed power hitters well in its history, but New York’s potential desire to acquire Gallo may also align with the team’s needs defensively.
The Yankees’ lack of confidence in outfielder Giancarlo Stanton playing the field, along with the long-term injury to centerfielder Aaron Hicks puts the team in a position to seriously give Gallo a look.
The team is stuck in a rut as well, with a long way to go if they’d like to climb back into the AL East and Wild Card playoff pictures.
Potential trade targets from Yankees:
Estevan Florial (OF)
According to talent evaluators, Florial is currently dealing with a lot of the same issues that plagued Gallo early in his career — pull-happy with a high-strikeout rate. However, the 23-year old’s power-speed combination is worth inquiring about from Texas’ perspective, based on upside at the plate alone.
Oswald Peraza (SS)
Peraza is the Yankees’ fourth-ranked prospect, according to MLB.com. With plus defense at shortstop, and potential to be speed-threat at the big-league level, the Rangers are bound to inquire about Peraza if Cashman and Yankees come calling about Gallo.