Benintendi is here in NY. Is Gallo going? Here are 5 former articles about where Gallo could go.
Notes on Articles:
I wrote these articles at the beginning of the month when Joey Gallo's trade value was higher (+3.6 MTV) than it is currently (+2.8 MTV). That being said, most of the content in each article is still valid.
Without further ado, here are 5 teams where Joey Gallo could be a possible player to trade for:
Now, with Gallo's value dropping since the beginning of the month, let's quickly highlight some different players to trade for from each team (plus a bonus team at the end!):
From the Miami Marlins:
According to BBTV, reliever Anthony Bass (+1.7 MTV) could be had in a trade for Gallo, though the likelihood of the Marlins trading away Bass- who has a 1.48 ERA over 43 Games/42.2 Innings- to bring in a rental outfielder is highly unlikely if they believe they can make a push. Though, it is important to note that the Marlins are 5.5 games out of the final wild card spot.
Furthermore, the Marlins are said to be willing to hear about "everybody not named Alcantara", which further supports that they are looking to sell instead of buying before the deadline.
So, it looks as though Gallo to Miami is much more unlikely...unless, they are looking for a prime buy-low candidate before looking to allure him to sticking in Miami as a free agent. (Remember, the shift is going away/losing some power over Gallo in 2023.) If possible, look for a guy like Zach McCambley (+1.7 MTV)- the Marlins #14 prospect; a Double-A RHP with a great curveball- or Jerar Encarnacion (+1.7 MTV)- the Marlins #20 prospect; a Triple-A outfielder with a powerful arm.
It's also worth noting that Anthony Bass may be a great buy-low reliever for Cashman to consider if the Marlins are selling.
From the San Diego Padres:
Unlike the Marlins, the Padres are comfortably in the push for the playoffs as they hold the 2nd wild card with a +2.5 game lead. They've also expressed some interest in Joey Gallo, so maybe the Yankees could get a player closer to his value than not?
Players to consider here would be Eguy Rosario (who I listed in the original article) or a guy like Robert Gasser (+2.4 MTV)- the Padres #7 prospect; a Class-A+ LHP with good control but no dominant pitch.
One other player of interest to me would be Ray Kerr (+1.7 MTV). He's the Padres #24 prospect, but is a left-handed pitcher who is currently in Triple-A. Outside of Rosario, he'd be my pick in a trade with the Padres.
From the Philadelphia Phillies:
The Philadelphia Phillies are just a half game out of the final wild card spot in the NL East. They had a lot of holes on the team, but could see this as a season to make a bunch of smaller moves to try and build a new team from August on (a la the Atlanta Braves last year). They have a lot of talent in/near the Joey Gallo trade value range.
Of note, I'd be looking at the likes of Ethan Wilson (+3.0 MTV)- the Phillies #6 prospect; a left-handed OF in Class-A+-, Erik Miller (+2.3 MTV)- the Phillies #10 prospect; a left-handed pitcher in Double-A-, Simon Muzziotti (+2.4 MTV)- the Phillies #19 prospect; a left-handed OF in Double-A-, and a familiar name in Donny Sands (+1.6 MTV)- the Phillies #25 prospect; a catcher who used to be in the Yankees farm system whose bat really broke out in 2021.
From the Atlanta Braves:
Speaking of the Atlanta Braves, could they try to catch lightning in a bottle twice? Go out and grab a bunch of underperforming outfielders from teams that are willing to get rid of them on the cheap. They have the top NL wild card spot with a comfortable lead (+6.5 games).
Now, they don't have a lot of talent in the Joey Gallo range that really interests me (take that for what it is), but if I had to pick a name, Darius Vines (+1.9 MTV)- the Braves #11 prospect; a RHP in Double-A- strikes me as a guy who'd I'd be in favor of getting back for Gallo. If the Yankees also start moving shortstop farm pieces, Cal Conley (+1.6 MTV)- the Braves #15 prospect; a switch-hitting shortstop in Class-A+- could also be another target.
From the Chicago White Sox:
Now a .500 team that are 4 games back of the final AL Wild Card spot, the Chicago White Sox aren't quite out of it, but definitely need to do something to get the team moving forward. Could Joey Gallo be that move?
You know what? The Chicago White Sox need the outfield help so badly, I'd like to see (or at least hear) that the Yankees are trying to get something really good back for him. Give me a guy like Wes Kath (+3.4 MTV)- the White Sox #6 prospect; a 19-year-old left-handed hitting third baseman in Class-A ball. If not, there are even less players I'm interested in from the White Sox than the Braves.
BONUS Round: From the Texas Rangers:
Jon Heyman mentions the Texas Rangers as a team that may trade to get Gallo back. They aren't competing for a playoff spot this year (they are 9.5 games out of the final AL Wild Card), but they could see a reunion and an extension as a smart move considering his success that he had in Texas.
Do you think the Rangers would trade Trevor Hauver (+1.9 MTV)- the Rangers #19 prospect; a left-handed hitting infielder/outfielder in Class-A+- back to the Yankees? If not, let's take a look at Marc Church (+2.9 MTV)- an unranked Rangers prospect; right-handed pitcher in Double-A.