Texas Rangers trade takeaway: Joey Gallo deal is franchise’s biggest trade since Mark Teixeira
No sugarcoating this trade: it’s the biggest one for the Texas Rangers since the 2007 Mark Teixeira deal that landed the team Elvis Andrus, among many others. Safe to say that worked out pretty well.
And with the amount of prospects the Rangers got for Joey Gallo, this trade has the potential to be as fruitful as that exchange.
The Tex trade completely changed the tide for the organization when it was made, sending an established MLB hitter to Atlanta for pieces that would come to define a World Series core. And sometimes, those are the moves teams must make to really put themselves in position to build a winner for the long run.
Consider how eerie the timing is with both the Teixeira and Gallo trades. Both came a few years before an anticipated contention window. And if the Tex trade was any indication, the Rangers should stand to benefit from the Gallo swap as well. Maybe sooner than we all expect too.
Look, it sucks to have traded a franchise player and not cooped up a star in return for his services, or at least a recognizable name. But many experts seem to concur on the fact that this was a great return for the Rangers.
Chris Young isn’t here to spite us, he’s here to save us. And it definitely may not seem that way in the moment, but let’s appreciate all that Joey Gallo did for us and his time as a Ranger. He was a lot of fun to watch and hoping for nothing but success as he embarks on his journey to the Bronx.