Yankees suspend ‘intriguing’ trade goal, says MLB insider

Brian Cashman won MLB’s trade deadline last year, adding first baseman Anthony Rizzo and left fielder Joey Gallo for the stretch run.

But this year, the New York Yankees general manager might be ready to send Gallo packing.

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Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that among the first trade rumors he hears, “The most intriguing name mentioned by an executive this week was Joey Gallo, who has struggled since being acquired by the Yankees last summer.”

“There’s a certain Sonny Gray feel to that one,” an NL executive said, referring to the All-Star pitcher who never found his groove in the Bronx. “He’s been a little better lately. If he keeps struggling, it wouldn’t surprise me to see them try to knock him down.

Gallo has struggled since leaving the Texas Rangers last year.

In 58 games with the Yankees in 2021, Gallo hit .160 with 88 strikeouts. He went on to hit .176 with 45 strikeouts in 35 games this season.

So why would anyone want to trade for the 28-year-old? The answer is quite simple, actually. Gallo is a two-time All-Star, a two-time Gold Glove Award winner, and he’s hit at least 38 home runs three times, including last year.

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