Rangers Outfielder Joey Gallo Scratched Just Before Gametime (UPDATES: Headed to Yankees)

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Rangers Outfielder Joey Gallo Scratched Just Before Gametime (UPDATES: Headed to Yankees)

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One of the biggest rumored pieces of the trade market is on the move. Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo was scratched tonight just before game-time, and the expectation is that it’s trade related.

There were a lot of Padres-adjacent rumors earlier today (trying to do a big Eric Hosmer/money/prospect deal), so we’ll see if it’s a huge one like that.

Updates coming …

WOW. It’s the Yankees. I didn’t think they’d do it. And I’m dying thinking about Gallo being together with Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge. My lord.

They’re really pushing in. And they were not in on Kris Bryant, so the market impact here is really favorable.

UPDATE 2: This is going to be a HUGE trade:

UPDATE 3: The names are rolling in, and it’s a smattering of prospects in the top 30 of the Yankees (deep) system, with Duran a top 10 guy and Smith a top 20 guy at FanGraphs:

At first blush, it’s a very Yu-Darvish-trade type return, emphasizing a huge volume of good, young prospects, rather than focusing on one or two older impact types. Always hard to evaluating these ones – as we found with the Darvish deal – because it’s so many guys, and so little is known on some of them. It’s a scouting play. For the Cubs, the early returns (especially on Preciado and Caissie) look pretty good, but it’ll be years before we can really evaluate. That might be the case here, too.

As for what the deal implies about the trade market, again, it’s a little hard to say. As a non-Rangers/Yankees expert, it looks like a soft return. Quantity rather than quality. But then again, Duran is a 50 FV at FanGraphs, and is ranked 58th overall. So that’s not a bad headliner at all.

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.