Rumors: Rangers may opt to keep all-star Joey Gallo for the long haul
With the MLB Trade Deadline looming closer, there still has yet to be the “big splash” trade that could set things into motion. One candidate that would qualify is all-star Joey Gallo, if the Texas Rangers were to trade him.
Gallo is in high demand for contending teams for a number of reasons. He can play anywhere in the outfield, he has incredible power with the bat and he gets on base a ton. On top of that, unlike Kris Bryant who is set to be a rental pick-up if he’s traded, Gallo is under team control through all of next season.
All of this could lead to a big haul coming back for the Rangers if they move him before the deadline. However, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, Texas may be rethinking their approach.
All-Star OF Joey Gallo has a good market (Padres, others) but some rivals don’t see him as very likely to be dealt. Has year to go before free agency, and Rangers have tried in past to lock up.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 21, 2021
What could be putting the Rangers in a pickle as far as coming up with a decision is that even though they have Gallo under team control through next year, it doesn’t appear to be a Texas team that will be competing for a division crown at that time either.
As Heyman notes, the Rangers have tried to lock up Gallo to an extension in the past which to this point, has been unsuccessful. If they roll the dice and try to keep going that route, it could leave them in a spot next year at the deadline where they need to move Gallo. With his stock never being higher than it is now, it will fascinating to see how Texas approaches this over the next week.