Entering the 2022 MLB trade deadline, prevailing wisdom was the New York Yankees would find a low-pressure change of scenery for outfielder Joey Gallo after an exceedingly difficult year in pinstripes.
Sadly, the Dodgers — his new, reported team — can only provide one of the two things he might’ve required. Instead of getting a few months to decompress, Gallo will reportedly be headed from one pressure cooker to another, though the weather’s better in his new home.
Gallo, dealt to the Yankees at last year’s deadline in exchange for four prospects, followed up a .160 average and 94 OPS+ last August and September with a .159 average, 12 homers, and a 78 OPS+ this season.
Relegated to platoon duty (and eventual bench duty) midway through the summer, Gallo required a fresh start elsewhere once his plight became irreversible. The interviews he’s given in recent days are beyond depressing, and describe a world where he doesn’t feel comfortable walking outside in New York City.
Ideally, he loves LA, because the Dodgers will reportedly surrender No. 15 prospect Clayton Beeter (per MLB Pipeline) to take a crack at uncovering what’s left of Gallo’s slugging psyche. He will hit free agency at the end of the season.
Dodgers to reportedly acquire Joey Gallo for Clayton Beeter
The 23-year-old Beeter, selected in 2020 out of Texas Tech, has plateaued somewhat at Double-A Tulsa this season. Though he’s struck out 88 men in 51.2 innings, he’s walked 35, allowed 10 homers, and posted a 5.75 ERA.
Tons of walks, tons of strikeouts? Did the Dodgers just trade Gallo for Gallo?
In reality, the Yankees did well to secure a pitcher with promise for their distressed asset, and the Dodgers might’ve imported a 40-homer bat under the wire who’ll see the light as his plane lands at LAX.
Either that, or they’ve added a second Max Muncy to the Max Muncy they already had. Los Angeles’ playoff fate may very well be tied to how well their power bats bounce back, and they’ve added another question mark to the bench mix on Tuesday afternoon.