3 Dodgers who need a great postseason to stay in LA after 2022
By Jason Reed
2. Joey Gallo
The Dodgers acquired Joey Gallo for a very cheap price at the deadline, and it was a smart move for the team to make. Gallo was floundering in New York, and Los Angeles presented a fresh start for the power hitter that could spark him into playing better.
Gallo has been better in Los Angeles than he was in New York, but he still has not been particularly great. The slugging left-hander is still hitting just .182 and is considered below league average with a 97 OPS+ (100 being average).
That being said, Gallo is a good fielder, and appears to be well-liked in the locker room. He is not going to command massive offers from other teams in the offseason, and Andrew Friedman could definitely re-sign Gallo to a cheap one-year deal with the hopes of him improving with a full season in LA’s culture.
Gallo is going to have to put together a decent October for that to be the case. If Gallo comes out and is horrible during the postseason, then it is going to sour Friedman’s opinion of him and could lead to the Dodgers simply exploring other options, such as James Outman.
This is interesting, though, because you could make a case that Gallo is fighting for a roster spot with the third player on this list, who has been one of the worst hitters in MLB this season.