After falling in need of the buying and selling deadline’s greatest prize in Juan Soto, the Dodgers on Tuesday determined to take a flier so as to add depth to their lineup.
The workforce acquired Joey Gallo from the New York Yankees, sending pitching prospect Clayton Beeter again within the deal.
Gallo, 28, is a two-time All-Star who at instances has been one of the crucial prolific left-handed sluggers within the recreation, with 170 profession dwelling runs.
He has struggled, nonetheless, since becoming a member of the Yankees from the Texas Rangers eventually 12 months’s deadline. In 82 video games this season, he’s batting simply .159 and has a .621 on-base-plus-slugging proportion with 12 dwelling runs and 24 RBIs. He has 106 strikeouts in 273 plate appearances.
Nonetheless, the Dodgers are hoping Gallo can provide their lineup a lift, buying the pending free agent in a comparatively low-cost transfer wherein they’ll solely quit Beeter, the membership’s No. 15-ranked prospect in line with MLB Pipeline who has a 5.75 ERA in 18 video games at double A this season.
Gallo received’t be the one slumping left-handed hitter on the Dodgers’ roster. The workforce has been ready for third baseman Max Muncy and middle fielder Cody Bellinger to rediscover their previous kind amid season-long struggles.
Regardless of that, the Dodgers nonetheless rank first within the majors as a workforce in OPS, second in runs, third in batting common and fifth in dwelling runs.
Whereas it appears unlikely Gallo would turn into an on a regular basis participant for the Dodgers — particularly with a .102 batting common and .390 OPS in opposition to left-handed pitching this 12 months — he does give them extra depth at a time when they’re coping with accidents to Chris Taylor and Justin Turner, and will maybe be an possibility for a platoon function in left discipline or at designated hitter.
Throughout his first seven seasons with the Rangers, Gallo posted constant manufacturing — albeit in an uncommon method. His excessive dwelling run and stroll charges, in addition to two-time Gold Glove-winning protection, helped steadiness out his mammoth strikeout totals and lack of constant contact.
With the Yankees, nonetheless, he by no means clicked.
In 58 video games following final 12 months’s commerce, Gallo hit .160 with 13 dwelling runs. And as his struggles continued this season, it grew to become more and more clear the Yankees, who successfully traded for his alternative in Andrew Benintendi final week, would look to ship him out earlier than Tuesday’s deadline.
Hours earlier than the three p.m. PDT cutoff time, they discovered a prepared accomplice within the Dodgers, who hope Gallo can rediscover potential that by no means materialized throughout his tenure in New York.