With the All-Star Game, Home Run Derby and the 2021 MLB Draft all in the rearview mirror, the focus for the Texas Rangers besides the impending second half of the season schedule will be the upcoming trade deadline.
Therefore, expect Joey Gallo’s name to be tossed around frequently over the next couple of weeks, with a great example being this latest rumor circulating via the New York Post’s Joel Sherman.
According to Sherman, the Yankees “have eyes” for Joey Gallo at the the trade deadline. And that’s not surprising since New York has had their sights set on the 26-year-old for some time now.
The New York Yankees “have eyes” for the Texas Rangers’ Joey Gallo at this year’s trade deadline
Sherman also notes the San Diego Padres’ continued interest in Gallo as well, and the rumors involving them have been numerous over the last few weeks.
It’s particularly intriguing that Sherman uses that phrase “have eyes”, which I suppose is an accurate depiction of the Yankees’ interest in trading for the two-time All-Star.
Gallo, of course, would be a fit for the Bronx Bombers given their short right-field porch and his left handed power. Additionally, he plays Gold Glove-caliber defense in the field.
Here’s exactly what Sherman penned in his column about Gallo:
"“The athletic Gallo is among the best position players mentioned regularly as available in this trade market as the last-place Rangers try to rebuild. Gallo can be a free agent after next season. Padres general manager A.J. Preller was with Texas when Gallo was drafted, and opposing executives expect San Diego to be interested. The Yankees also have consistently had eyes for Gallo.”"
To put it plainly, trading Joey Gallo would not be popular among Texas Rangers fans, and Gallo himself even has a steadfast commitment to remaining in Arlington.
Unfortunately, the right fielder doesn’t have much say in where he ends up until he hits free agency after the 2022 season (not after 2021!)
For now though, it appears that the Joey Gallo suitors have remained the same for a little while now. Perhaps the Yankees and Padres can get into a nice bidding war that could turn into a worthwhile package for the Texas Rangers should a deal come to fruition.