Joey Gallo with the Rangers. Jul 27, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Texas Rangers right fielder Joey Gallo (13) hits a three run home run in the fourth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Less than an hour before the Texas Rangers’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Wednesday, Rangers’ outfielder Joey Gallo was suddenly scratched. Players have suddenly been removed before for non-trade reasons, including Washington’s Trea Turner in the middle of a game Tuesday (the Nationals’ game Wednesday was eventually postponed due to positive COVID-19 tests, including Turner), but this one does appear to be a trade of Gallo (seen above hitting against the Diamondbacks Tuesday) to the New York Yankees. Here’s more on that:

Here’s how the Rangers’ Bally Sports Southwest broadcast discussed this:

Gallo does seem likely to help the Yankees out in at least the short term. He’s 27, and has produced 3.4 wins above replacement (per Fangraphs) this year, hitting .223/.379/.490 and contributing an Ultimate Zone Rating of 4.4. He’s also under team control for another year, and their ballpark seems suited to his home run-focused game (his 25 home runs this year are tied for sixth in MLB). But the Yankees are giving up quite a lot of prospects here. We’ll see how this works out for both teams in the long run.

UPDATE: The Rangers will actually get four prospects instead of the initially reported six, and the Yankees will get reliever Joely Rodriguez instead of John King.

[Evan Grant on Twitter; photo via Tim Heitman-USA Today Sports]


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Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.