MLB rumors: Yankees watching price for ‘streaky’ Joey Gallo rise as Rangers approach trade deadline

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As long as the New York Yankees remain trade deadline buyers, they will be linked to Texas Rangers slugger Joey Gallo.

That’s because the 27-year-old checks off two boxes for the Yankees: He’s an outfielder and he’s a power-hitting left-handed bat.

Gallo, a Gold Glove Award winner last season, will represent the Rangers in Tuesday’s All-Star Game. It’s his second nod for the Midsummer Classic, with the first coming in 2019.

This year, he’s tied for fifth in the majors with 24 home runs, putting him on pace for his third 40-home run season (2017 and 2018 were the others). He also leads MLB with 72 walks. And as far as Gallo’s concerned, his numbers this year come as no surprise. Per the Dallas Morning News:

“I felt like I was on the verge of breaking out a little bit,” Gallo said Monday afternoon during a media availability when asked if he’s benefited more than any other player. “I thought my ABs were always really good throughout the year. I was taking walks, taking good swings, I was still hitting the ball hard. I’m kind of a streaky guy. So, I got on a roll. I hit a couple of homers. I just started swinging a little better. I got a little confidence. If that’s what the numbers say … “

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According to Spotrac, Gallo is making $6.9 million this year and has one more season of arbitration eligibility remaining. And with every home run he hits, Scott Boras, his agent, sees dollar signs.

“You’ve got third basemen playing in right field right now,” Boras said. “It will dramatically impact the value of left-handed hitters. You would have a system that is no longer stacked against him. And look at the confidence level, he’s playing with now.”

Gallo participated in the Home Run Derby Monday night. Gallo, the No. 2 seed, lost in the first round to Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story, 20-19.

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