The New York Yankees are finalizing a deal to acquire outfielder Joey Gallo from the Texas Rangers, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Wednesday night.
The deal is pending a medical review and is expected to be made official Thursday.
The Rangers will receive right-hander Glenn Otto, second baseman Ezequiel Duran, shortstop Josh Smith and second baseman/outfielder Trevor Hauver from New York, sources told Passan. Texas will send an additional player, pitcher Joely Rodríguez, to New York to complete the blockbuster.
Gallo was a late scratch from the Rangers’ lineup ahead of Wednesday night’s game against the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks, with speculation that a trade was in the works.
That proved to be the case, with the Yankees swooping in and acquiring arguably the fiercest left-handed bat on the trade market to go with fellow New York sluggers Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge.
New York’s left-handed hitters have struggled this season, ranking last in the majors in average (.197), 28th in home runs (22) and OPS (.633) and 29th in hard-hit rate (33%).
Gallo should help.
He has spent all seven of his major league seasons with Texas, but the Rangers — an American League West-worst 36-65 entering Wednesday — have been in unloading mode, with Gallo their prized player.
A two-time All-Star, the 27-year-old slugger ranks sixth in the AL this season with 25 home runs, to go with 55 RBIs and a .223 average. He had struggled mightily at the plate since the All-Star break, with zero home runs and a .067 average in the 10 games following, before breaking out Tuesday with a three-run shot against the Diamondbacks.
Gallo is among just eight rostered major leaguers with multiple career 40-homer seasons (2017, 2018).
He also has excelled in the outfield, winning a Gold Glove in 2020. He leads the majors with 14 defensive runs saved this season and joins the Toronto Blue Jays’ Marcus Semien as the only players with 20 home runs and 10 defensive runs saved.
Gallo is owed $2.2 million from his $6.2 million salary. He is eligible for arbitration next winter and can become a free agent after the 2022 season.
Gallo gave what became a prophetic goodbye to Rangers fans when he started thanking them in a postgame interview Tuesday night on the team’s television broadcast. He told reporters after that he didn’t want to miss an opportunity to thank everyone.
Boston Red Sox in the AL East. They trail the Tampa Bay Rays, Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners in the wild-card race for two spots.
The last-place Rangers are on pace for their first 100-loss season since 1973, the franchise’s second season in Texas. Their last winning season was 2016, when they won the AL West, before getting swept by Toronto in a best-of-five division series.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.