The MLB trade deadline is fast approaching and there should be plenty of activity on the market. The San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers will surely be buying. The Chicago Cubs should be selling after a big string of losses, and the White Sox across the way should be buying. With that, one of the bigger names on the market is Texas Rangers slugger Joey Gallo.
Year after year, Gallo's name circulates in trade talks, and somehow the Rangers always find a way to hold on to him. Well, this might be the year Gallo is sent away, especially with the Rangers 20 games back from the American League West top spot and holding the second-fewest wins in the AL.
To further stir the pot, it was reported that Gallo is likely headed out and has drawn interest from the New York Yankees and San Diego Padres, among others.
Gallo is batting just .239, but he's crushed 24 home runs and has 52 RBIs and could definitely provide a large offensive boost to many contending teams in the MLB.
With that being said, let's examine the three best destinations for Gallo at the trade deadline.
3. Los Angeles Dodgers
Surprise, surprise. The Dodgers will be active on the trade market. While they need pitching help, adding Gallo could be just enough to send this team to the top of the National League West. The San Francisco Giants ended the first half of the season with the best record in the NL West– AND the best record in baseball.
The Padres are right on the heels of the Dodgers, and if they want any chance to reclaim their World Series crown, adding Gallo might be needed.
The Dodgers have pulled off big-time trade deadline deals before (i.e., Manny Machado) so they could very well try it again. Do they NEED him? No, but it could surely help.
2. New York Yankees
Joel Sherman reported that the Yankees are interested in Gallo, and why wouldn't they be?
The Bronx Bombers are trailing the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox and need to make up ground quickly if they want to find a way into the playoffs. The Yankees went into the All-Star Break tied with the Toronto Blue Jays as well. They spent a gigantic amount of money on Gerrit Cole, and simply put, they won't just stand around and be content with mediocrity, hence why a Joey Gallo move makes sense.
Miguel Andujar is injured, and Tim Locastro and Tyler Wade have been splitting time in left field for the most part. A big, powerful, left-handed bat is nothing new to the Yankees, and adding Gallo could be the piece and offensive spark they need to make a second-half run at the AL East crown.
1. San Diego Padres
Two words: AJ Preller.
The Padres general manager does whatever he wants, to an extent. In the past half dozen seasons, he has traded more times than anybody can count, and at the 2020 MLB trade deadline, he acquired Mike Clevinger, Austin Nola, Trevor Rosenthal, and Mitch Moreland. Preller brought in Yu Darvish and Blake Snell in the offseason and Tommy Pham and Jake Cronenworth before the 2020 season.
He's active, and oh yeah, the Padres came into the season as one of the favorites to take home the World Series crown, something that has never happened in San Diego.
Tommy Pham has picked up the pace lately, but Wil Myers has struggled and adding another power bat such as Joey Gallo to a lineup that includes Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr. would be electric.
Whatever happens, Joey Gallo's time with the Rangers will be ending soon.