Texas Rangers Rumors: This team’s “most-rumored target” is Joey Gallo
By Seth Carlson
Trade rumors don’t take July 4th weekend off. And when it comes to the selling Texas Rangers, those rumblings will only get louder as the July 30 deadline draws nearer by the day.
So who wants Joey Gallo this time?
Gallo, of course, has been the subject of multiple trade rumors over the last year or so, but he might not even be the most valuable selling piece on the Rangers’ roster right now (I’d argue that moniker belongs to one Kyle Gibson and his sub-2 ERA).
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Nonetheless, the power-hitting Gold Glover in right field will still be a trendy name around trade season, as evidenced by the surfacing of these latest rumors.
According to The Athletic’s Jayson Stark, a number of MLB execs were polled on who they thought would be an aggressive buyer at the deadline. One team that came up frequently: the San Diego Padres.
You might be able to guess who they’re looking into dealing for. That’s right, hop aboard the Joey Gallo to San Diego train once again!
Gallo is reportedly the Padres’ “most-rumored target” according to Stark’s research, and that shouldn’t be very surprising given their long-standing interest in the 27-year-old.
"“The Padres reportedly pursued Gallo last season. While they balked at the Rangers’ asking price, The Athletic’s Dennis Lin wrote in June that the team was still “particularly interested” in the outfielder. Preller and manager Jayce Tingler know Gallo well, as both used to be part of the Rangers organization.”"
The San Diego Padres are still very interested in trading for the Texas Rangers’ Joey Gallo
As the above passage notes, AJ Preller and Jayce Tingler are familiar with Gallo from their time together in Texas, so the interest makes sense. It’s also good that the Padres are interested from a purely trading perspective, because their farm system boasts some appealing prospects, as does their loaded MLB roster.
Gallo is under club control through 2023 and is having a nice bounce-back year after struggling in 2020, so the asking price from the Texas Rangers will understandably be high in any trade involving their right fielder.
For Rangers fans that are more hesitant about the idea of trading Gallo, they can take solace in the fact that the Texas front office is exploring “many scenarios” in regards to how they’ll handle their star slugger, and that a deal isn’t imminent right now.
At the end of the day, this is just another rumor on what should be a laundry list full of them for the Texas Rangers this July. We’ll let you know when something actually happens.