Los Angeles Dodgers players we're glad to see gone: Joey Gallo
Joey Gallo has always been a likeable guy over the course of his nine-year big league career. He owns up to his mistakes when he's scuffling at the plate and never points fingers at others. He has shifted from a corner infield role to quietly becoming one of the better defensive outfielders in the game.
Perhaps the best thing about Gallo is the absolutely ludicrous amount of power he has in his bat when he makes contact. Of course, that's exactly the problem for him. This story did not change during his half-season tenure on the Dodgers.
Gallo, 29, spent the first seven years in The Show on the Texas Rangers, emerging as a massive power threat who struck his way out of any serious stardom in the game. He spent the second half of 2021 and the first half of 2022 on the New York Yankees, but the change-of-scenery candidate did not benefit from a new home; he got worse.
In 140 games for the Yankees, Gallo hit 25 home runs but managed just a .159 average with an 84 OPS+, striking out in just under 39 percent of his at-bats with the club.
The huge slugger joined the Dodgers at the 2022 deadline in exchange for promising pitching prospect Clayton Beeter (who excelled in Double-A for the Yankees after the trade, by the way). There was a sense that Gallo may perform better in L.A. after having a hard time with the New York lifestyle. However, this did not end up being the case. At all.
In 44 games as a Dodger, he went just 19-for-117 (.162 average) with seven home runs, 23 RBI and an OPS+ of 83. He struck out in just under 42 percent of his plate appearances and also continued to post extremely poor BABIP numbers as well, going from .246 in 2021 down to .222 with the Dodgers.
At the end of the day, Gallo was strictly a rental piece, meaning he did not make much of a financial debt for the Dodgers. However, putting him on the field on any given day was clearly putting the Dodgers at an automatic disadvantage. Best of luck to him with the Twins this year, but he was not a good fit in L.A.