They are big buyers.
All-star slugger Joey Gallo’s trade to New York from the Texas Rangers ended Thursday, giving the heavily right-handed Yankees a much-needed powerful left-handed hitter.
New York acquired Gallo, left-hander Joely Rodriguez and silver from Rangers for minor-league right-hander Glenn Otto and infielders Ezequiel Duran, Trevor Hauver and Josh Smith.
With center fielder Aaron Hicks injured, second baseman Rougned Odor and outfielder Brett Gardner were the only left-handed hitters to have substantial playing time.
“Sign me up for the guy who’s on base almost 40% of the time and has power and provides the kind of potential balance for our roster,” Boone said before New York played Tampa Bay. “And what’s more, he’s a two-way reader. He’s a guy who really stands up, who can run and do all of those things. It’s hard to say we’re not a much better team by adding Joey Gallo to us. “
Boone hasn’t ruled out the Yankees making extra moves.
Gallo, 27, is hitting 0.223 with 25 home runs, 55 RBIs and 74 walks in the major league lead. While he was a golden glove-winning right fielder for Texas, Boone envisions Gallo playing a lot on the left for the Yankees, who have Aaron Judge as their regular right fielder.
Boone spoke on the phone for about five minutes with Gallo, who will join the team on a Miami weekend series that kicks off Friday night.
“We’re excited to add an All-Star,” said Boone. “I let him know how excited we are. “
Gallo owes $ 2.2 million of his $ 6.2 million salary. He is eligible for arbitration next winter and may become a free agent after the 2022 season.
Jon Daniels, president of Texas baseball operations, said it was emotional to trade a local player who had become an All-Star. He said there had been talks about a contract extension, but the former chief executive said it was clear the odds of a deal were now unrealistic, making a swap the best alternative for the last place rangers.
“Obviously, if we’re in a different competitive location, we weren’t in a rebuilding situation, which we are and have recognized and talked about, that might sound a little different,” Daniels said.
Daniels said the Rangers included money in the deal to offset most of the remaining salaries of Gallo and Rodriguez, who owe around $ 887,000 from his $ 2.5 million salary and have an option to next season’s $ 3 million team that includes a $ 500,000 buyout.
Two-time All-Star Gallo is a career .211 hitter in seven seasons, but throws plenty of longballs. Gallo hit 41 home runs in 2017 and 40 in 2018.
“We’re going to have nights where we hit double digits, but if our guys do what they’re capable of we’re going to be on a one-ton basis,” Boone said.
The Yankees started the day 8 1/2 games behind Boston in the AL East and behind Tampa Bay, Oakland and Seattle in the wild card race for two places.
Rodriguez, 29, is 1-3 with one save and 5.93 ERA in 31 relief appearances this season, keeping left-handed hitters at an average of .176. He’s 2-5 with a 5.05 ERA in 81 relief appearances in four seasons with Philadelphia (2016-17) and Texas (2020-21), and he was 3-7 with a 1.85 ERA in 90 appearances in 2018-19 for the Chunichi Dragons of the Japan Central League.
Duran, 22, is 0.290 with 15 doubles, six triples, 12 homers and 48 RBIs this season in 67 games with High-A Hudson Valley.
Hauver, 22, made his professional debut this season with Low-A Tampa, reaching 0.288 with 17 doubles, nine homers and 49 RBIs in 66 games.
Otto, 25, was 7-3 with a 3.33 ERA in 12 starts and a relief appearance with Double-A Somerset and Triple-A Scranton / Wilkes-Barre this season.
Smith, 23, hit 0.324 with 12 doubles, nine homers, 24 RBIs and 17 goals stolen in 39 games with Low-A Tampa and High-A Hudson Valley.
Daniels said the Rangers have acquired three players they consider everyday bats in the big leagues, as well as a young Texas-born starting pitcher who could get his first shot in the majors later this season. Daniels said the four were critical to making the deal happen.
“Overall it’s a very good value, four players that we’re really excited about,” Daniels said. “It made sense for us, and we think it will for our fans over time. ”