Texas Rangers trade takeaways: It’s possible better offers were out there for Joey Gallo
We can try to take a positive spin on what the Texas Rangers got in return for Joey Gallo, but it’s plenty fair to speculate on whether or not this was the best offer available.
The San Diego Padres, for example, were known to be very interested in Gallo and have better prospects than the New York Yankees. However, they were also looking for suitors to take on one of their big money contracts (i.e. Eric Hosmer, Wil Myers). Doing so might’ve landed the Rangers a legitimate star prospect like a Robert Hassell or CJ Abrams.
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Wouldn’t we rather have an elite prospect and lesser overall return rather than some intriguing assets with upside, but with most still years away from making an impact? I certainly would.
If the Padres were really locked in on Gallo, the Rangers could have taken on a big money contract in exchange for Gallo while picking up a top young prospect. If that opportunity existed, the Rangers definitely missed it.
Again, Chris Young and company seemed to emphasize quantity over quality, and perhaps adding a big veteran contract to the payroll at this juncture didn’t appeal to Texas. But it sure would’ve made trading a franchise player a bit more palatable knowing a future star resides in the pipeline.