Yankees' Updated Lineup After Reported Joey Gallo Trade with Rangers

Blake SchusterContributor IJuly 29, 2021

BUFFALO, NEW YORK - JULY 18: Joey Gallo #13 of the Texas Rangers bats during the sixth inning in game one of a doubleheader against the Toronto Blue Jays at Sahlen Field on July 18, 2021 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bryan Bennett/Getty Images)
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The New York Yankees won the Joey Gallo Sweepstakes on Wednesday, acquiring the Texas Rangers' slugger for several prospects and more ahead of Friday's trade deadline. 

Jeff Passan @JeffPassan

BREAKING: The New York Yankees are finalizing a deal to acquire outfielder Joey Gallo from the Texas Rangers, sources tell ESPN. The deal is pending medical review.

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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.<br><br>Rangers are getting massive haul of prospects in this deal. Others involved, too.

New York Yankees Projected Lineup 

1. DJ LeMahieu, 1B

2. Gleybar Torres, SS

3. Rougned Odor, 2B

4. Aaron Judge, RF

5. Joey Gallo, LF

6. Giancarlo Stanton, DH

7. Gary Sanchez, C

8. Gio Urshela, 3B

9. Brett Gardner, LF

The Yankees are sending a number of prospects back to a rebuilding Texas club as New York attempts to catch the Boston Red Sox in the American League East. Adding a much-needed left-handed bat with plenty of power is sure to help that cause. 

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Yankees LHB Ranks This Season:<br><br>BA - 30th<br>OBP - 27th<br>SLG - 28th<br>OPS - 28th<br>wOBA - 28th<br>wRC+ - 26th

New York entered Wednesday at 52-47, third in the division and 8.5 games back of Boston for the lead. The Yanks are three games back for the wild card. 

Faced with a decision to buy or sell at the deadline, New York did what it typically does: go out and get one of the biggest bats on the market. Just how much of a difference it will make remains to be seen. Regardless, Gallo is arbitration eligible this offseason and could sign an extension in New York if the remainder of the year goes well. If not, he'll reach unrestricted free agency after the 2022 season at 28 years old. 

Jeff Passan @JeffPassan

While the top of the New York Yankees’ farm system isn’t loaded with star prospects — though Anthony Volpe and Jasson Dominguez have that potential — their organizational depth is tremendous. Their domestic affiliates are a combined 198-106 this year. Depth got them Joey Gallo.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and field manager Aaron Boone were already under pressure to win this season after getting off to a slow start. That now ramps up with addition of Gallo.

As Cashman makes a push for the postseason, it'll be on Boone to finish the job.