The New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to a surprising deadline trade.
We say “surprising” because they are arguably the two strongest teams in the league.
However, the Yankees needed to get rid of the struggling Joey Gallo to clear a roster spot for one of their new acquisitions, and the Dodgers needed to strengthen their decimated outfield.
A deal made sense.
The Dodgers are covering some of Gallo’s salary this season and sending pitching prospect Clayton Beeter to New York.
Beeter is a former second-rounder with a big fastball and evident command and control issues.
If the Yankees can get him to throw strikes, he could be an All-Star, but he is a project.
Gallo may be hitting under .200, but let’s not forget he hit 38 home runs, made the All-Star team, and won a Gold Glove last year.
The Dodgers are getting a 40-homer player with good defense and a great ability to draw walks at a discount price.
He is a rental, though: Gallo will hit free agency after the World Series.
Some Dodgers fans are not thrilled, though:
Joey Gallo strikes out more than Chris Taylor. Makes Taylor look like Tony Gwynn. Friedman is a genius 🥴🥴
— Hella Marshall in Sac🇺🇸 (@BlooHatfan) August 2, 2022
Others tend to believe he will go off in a Dodgers uniform.
Los Angeles has a long track record of “fixing” struggling players.
Watch Joey Gallo go crazy with the Dodgers
— David McCary (@DavidMcCary28) August 2, 2022
Leaving New York Was Probably The Best Scenario For Gallo
While he was a lifelong Yankees fan, Gallo is probably happy to leave New York.
He hadn’t a good stint in the Bronx, but no athlete deserves constant hate from the fans.
Some Yankees fans keep making unfair comparisons:
Joey Gallos stats with the Yankees
140 Games played
65 Runs @JoeyGallo24 you never deserved to wear the same number as Arod
— Schim (@FadeShimsPicks) August 2, 2022
However, others recognize he always wore the uniform with pride and dignity, and he tried his best to overcome his issues.
— NM Savage Pumpkin (@NMSavagePumpkin) August 2, 2022
He couldn’t do it, but most Yankees fans wish him the best.