The Joey Gallo era with the New York Yankees has come to a merciful end. The Bronx Bombers managed to land a buyer for the struggling outfielder in the Los Angeles Dodgers just hours before the 2022 MLB trade deadline.
In exchange for Gallo, the Dodgers are sending Yankees minor league pitcher Clayton Beeter, first reported by Sports Illustrated’s Pat Ragazzo. According to MLB.com, Beeter is #15 in the Los Angeles farm system.
The 23-year-old Beeter has a 5.75 ERA in 16 starts and 18 total appearances for the Dodgers’ Double-A affiliate. The right-hander has 88 strikeouts in 51.2 innings. Beeter was a second-round pick in the 2020 MLB Draft.
Yankees receive Clayton Beeter, Dodger Prospect (MLB) at No. 15. 5.75 ERA in 18g (16g) but also 88 Ks/51.2 IP. He’s a 40-man roster player so can switch for Gallo, but NYY may have more moves to clear the 26-man Trivino/Effross/Montas spots. #MoreTrades?
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) August 2, 2022
Since joining the Yankees before last year’s close, Gallo has been one of baseball’s worst players. The outfielder posted a .660 OPS in 140 games with New York, compared to an .833 OPS in 568 games as the Texas Ranger.
Gallo’s .159 batting average in 2022 would be the worst in MLB if he had enough at-bats to qualify for the award. In 82 games, the 28-year-old has 12 home runs, 37 hits and 106 strikeouts.
It became clear Gallo’s days in New York were numbered when the Yankees were traded for All-Star outfielder Andrew Benintendi last week.
“I’ve been through a lot of adversity and really had to question myself a lot,” Gallo told NJ Advance Media less than 24 hours before the trade. “My confidence has suffered. I would say I’ve hit rock bottom for the big leagues. So I tried to remind myself to be a good teammate, play the game right, play the game hard and not do anything stupid that I would regret. I learned a lot about myself I think. Baseball is a tough game. But it definitely made me stronger because not many people went through what I went through.”
The Dodgers hope Gallo can turn things around after leaving the Big Apple. Gallo was an All-Star in both 2019 and 2021. Last season, he hit 38 homers and led the American League with 111 walks.
Gallo had consecutive 40 homer seasons in 2017 and 2018. Gallo is a career .201 hitter, averaging 39 home runs for all 162 games.
In Los Angeles, Gallo might be under much less scrutiny than he was as a starter in New York. Gallo can bring outfield depth to the Dodgers, who won the championship two seasons ago and have played three World Series games since 2017.
The Yankees are attempting their first World Series appearance since 2009.
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