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.
Gallo was scratched for non-medical reasons. It appears a trade is going down.
— Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) July 28, 2021
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.
Hearing from multiple sources that Joey Gallo is being traded to the New York Yankees.
— Levi Weaver (@ThreeTwoEephus) July 29, 2021
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:
Rangers-Yankees deal in final review. It appears to be a multi-player return for Rangers, who according to source are also sending LH John King to Yankees. Per @Jomboy_ The Rangers would receive 6 prospects in return.
— Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) July 29, 2021
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:
The Texas Rangers will receive RHP Glenn Otto, 2B Ezequiel Duran, SS Josh Smith and 2B/OF Trevor Hauver as part of the package from the New York Yankees in the Joey Gallo trade, sources tell ESPN.
Rangers are getting massive haul of prospects in this deal. Others involved, too.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 29, 2021
Trevor Hauver, Ezequiel Duran, Everson Pereira, Randy Vasquez, Glen Otto, and possibly one more player.
— Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) July 29, 2021
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.