Dodgers get slugger Gallo from Yankees

The Dodgers have acquired slugger Gallo from the Yankees.

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — The Dodgers acquired Yankees outfielder Joey Gallo in exchange for right-hander Clayton Beeter, the No. 15 prospect in the organization according to MLB Pipeline, ahead of Tuesday’s Trade Deadline.

“He was worth a lot in the industry a year ago, and he was traded for a lot,” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said. “The true talent level is still there.” We believe that bringing him here and integrating him into our team has a very compelling upside story.”

DETAILS OF THE TRADE

The Dodgers acquire: OF Joey Galloway
RHP Clayton Beeter (Dodgers’ No. 15 prospect) is acquired by the Yankees.

The Dodgers came into the day hoping to make a big trade for Juan Soto. With Soto joining the rival Padres, Andrew Friedman, president of baseball operations, had to look elsewhere.

Gallo, a two-time All-Star, has struggled with the Yankees this season, batting.159 with 12 home runs. The 28-year-old is known for his power, but he has yet to use it this season. This season, his average exit velocity is 88.4 mph, the lowest since the 2016 season, when he played in only 17 games.

The outfielder is also known for his high strikeout rate, having led the Majors in strikeouts last season. This year, Gallo has struck out 106 times in 233 at-bats, making it an even bigger problem. This season, his strikeout rate of 38.8 percent ranks in the bottom one percent of the league. Gallo struck out 194 times in 140 games during his brief stint with the Yankees.

 

Despite Gallo’s recent struggles, the Dodgers are hoping that a change of scenery will help the slugger regain his old form. Gallo was an All-Star with the Rangers and had 25 home runs with an.869 OPS before joining the Yankees last July. In 2019, he was also an All-Star, posting a career-high.986 OPS.

“Obviously, I think [he has] elite, off-the-charts power,” Friedman said. “Really good box decision-making, really good outfield defender with some swing-and-miss in his game, for sure.” I believe that just by being in a different environment, our hitting guys are as good as it gets. And we’ve just been a little short in the outfield this year. So adding a really good defensive outfielder is also beneficial.”

It will be interesting to see how the Dodgers find consistent playing time for Gallo. With Chris Taylor still out, Gallo will share time in left field with Trayce Thompson. Gallo, who hits.102 against lefties, will not face southpaws. He did, however, hit 11 of his 12 home runs against right-handers.

 

Gallo’s role may be diminished when Taylor returns. The Dodgers could also assign Taylor or Thompson to center field, relegating Cody Bellinger to a platoon role. When Taylor returns, James Outman, who has had a historic start to his career, could be the odd man out.

However, the Dodgers relieved their position-player shortage by sending outfielder Jake Lamb to the Mariners in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

In 25 games with the Dodgers this season, Lamb had a.770 OPS and two home runs. Because Gallo is a free agent at the end of the season, the Dodgers see this as a low-risk, high-reward move.

“He’s going to play, and I’ve got to figure out how to divvy up playing time for all of these guys,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “My request to him was simply to embrace this new opportunity and fresh start.”

This season, Beeter, 23, has a 5.75 ERA in 18 appearances (16 starts) with Double-A Tulsa.

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