It’s not easy trading your franchise player, let alone to the Bronx to reunite with fellow former Ranger Rougned Odor. But such is now the case, and we have to accept what’s been given to us.
Texas did receive an intriguing haul of youngsters in return for Gallo and reliever Joely Rodriguez, 2 of whom (Ezequiel Duran and Josh Smith) slot into the Rangers’ Top 10 prospects, 1 (Trevor Hauver) in the top 20 and Glenn Otto who ranks 23rd and could be a big leaguer soon.
Misery loves company, though, and it’s safe to say many Texas Rangers players are just as upset about the Gallo news as we are.
Texas Rangers players said goodbye to Joey Gallo on social media following his trade to the New York Yankees
Many of these players grew up with Joey Gallo in the Rangers’ farm system, so it’s understandable that they would feel some level of emotion towards this trade.
As for Gallo himself? He thanked the fans once again for all their support but expressed his excitement to open a new chapter of his baseball career in a message penned to Twitter.
No, Joey. Thank you! You made watching the Texas Rangers a little more palatable especially during the doldrums of a rebuild. We’ll miss having you around DFW and at Globe Life Field. And who knows, maybe we’ll see you in a Rangers uniform again when you sign as a free agent in 2022!
For now though, we wish nothing but the absolute best for Joey Gallo as he embarks on this next journey and hopefully, just hopefully, he can do some of the winning (but not too much, it’s the Yankees after all) he didn’t really have a chance to while he was a member of the Texas Rangers.