Joey Gallo Yankees July 17th

New York has always been a notoriously difficult place to play, and that has been extremely obvious when it comes to New York Yankees outfielder Joey Gallo. The former All-Star outfielder has greatly struggled at the plate in his second season in pinstripes, and it appears that his time with the organization is over.

ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported Tuesday that the Yankees have traded Gallo to the Los Angeles Dodgers in return for pitching prospect Clayton Beeter.

Beeter is currently the No. 15 prospect in the Dodgers’ organization, according to MLB.com, but has struggled thus far in his minor league career, currently holding a 5.75 ERA in Double-A Tulsa. Meanwhile, the Dodgers will look to revive Gallo’s career after a miserable season thus far that’s seen him only hitting .159/.282/.339 with 12 home runs in 273 plate appearances for the Yankees.

Many around MLB are excited to see Gallo with a change of scenery. That includes Yankees’ fans who have been critical of the 28-year-old outfielder.

It seemed like the 28-year-old Gallo knew that he was going to be traded. Beyond the bag-packing, he detailed in an interview with Randy Miller of NJ.com that he has received extremely harsh criticism from Yankees fans and that he “doesn’t want to show his face” in New York because of said criticism.

For the Yankees, it was clear that Gallo was just not working in New York. It may be addition by subtraction by trading him.

The Dodgers, on the other hand, will bring in a player who’s played at All-Star caliber at times, and was selected to that game in both 2019 and 2021. And they’re doing so for not much in return other than a lower-level pitching prospect in their organization.

A fresh start for Gallo may be good for both the Yankees and Dodgers moving forward, to say nothing of Gallo himself.

[Jeff Passan]

About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.