The Athletic’s Jim Bowden recently evaluated trade scenarios submitted to him by fans, and this one between the Rangers and New York Yankees is… something.
The trade would go as follows:
A fan proposed a bad trade to Jim Bowden between the Texas Rangers and New York Yankees
Are we sure this fan wasn’t on something while making up this proposal? Let’s just address the obvious: the Texas Rangers would never do this deal.
Though Gallo is a fan favorite in Arlington and a reunion would be amazing, he just doesn’t have the same value he did when he was traded to the Bronx over the summer for four prospects. The Rangers sold high and look pretty good for doing so. There’s no way Gallo could command anything close to that talent package after struggling badly in pinstripes.
And don’t get even get me started on Domingo German, a noted domestic abuser, who isn’t even a very good pitcher in his own right. Not only would his presence detract from the strong clubhouse culture Chris Woodward is trying build in Texas, but he wouldn’t even be much of an upgrade to a rotation that could really use help.
On the other side, Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Leody Taveras are both good young players who each carry solid value due to their cheap salaries, years of team control and overall talent. While Kiner-Falefa and Taveras have not shown they can hit at high clips, both have demonstrated incredible ability with their gloves. That’s worth something.
It’s very feasible Kiner-Falefa has reached his ceiling offensively, but Taveras has the potential to raise his game with the bat, and that alone (never mind the defense) should give the Texas Rangers pause about dealing him, especially in a trade like this. The only way IKF and Leody Taveras get dealt is in a package that helps them land, say, a Matt Olson or Luis Castillo.
Overall, this hypothetical trade flat-out stinks. We should let the professionals handle front office operations.