Joey Gallo’s nightmare tenure in The Bronx is over.
The outfielder, acquired with lofty expectations from the Rangers prior to trade deadline last year, is headed to the Dodgers, The Post’s Joel Sherman confirmed Tuesday, just prior to the deadline this year.
He was sent to Los Angeles in exchange for minor league pitcher Clayton Beeter, the Dodgers’ 15th ranked prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. Beeter, who has spent this season with Double-A Tulsa, was a second-round pick by the Dodgers in the 2020 draft out of Texas Tech and is in just his second full professional season.
The 28-year-old Gallo will go down as one of the biggest trade busts in Yankees history. They gave up four prospects for him while he was in the midst of a solid season with Texas.
But instead of the 40-homer lefty slugger they thought they were getting, Gallo was a mess in The Bronx. He finished with a .159 average over 140 games and 501 plate appearances, along with 25 homers, 77 walks, 194 strikeouts and a .660 OPS.
Asked if he thought Gallo’s issues were mental or physical, manager Aaron Boone said, “A little bit of both.”
“I think the burden and pressure probably impacted some mechanical things that need to go on when you are in the box, ” Boone said.
Boone added he doesn’t think the Yankees have an issue with players adapting to playing in New York.
“We do our homework as far as who we’re acquiring and makeup plays a big role in that, ” Boone said. “Because a guy comes here and has success or doesn’t isn’t always because it’s here. It’s baseball sometimes. Clearly, this place had an adverse effect on Joey, but I think those cases are [infrequent]. “
General manager Brian Cashman said: “I think we do as much due diligence as we possibly can before we acquire talent. We certainly did that on Joey Gallo. It didn’t work out here, but I do appreciate Joey never stopped trying, never stopped working, never stopped caring. “
Last July, Gallo came to the Yankees – along with left-handed reliever Joely Rodriguez – in exchange for Ezekial Duran, Glenn Otto and Josh Smith, who have all made their MLB debuts with Texas, as well as Trevor Hauer.
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Perhaps, as with the ill-fated trade that brought Sonny Gray from Oakland to the Yankees at the 2017 trade deadline, none of those prospects will burn the Yankees.
Some had speculated that a trade to a smaller market would benefit Gallo, who admitted he never felt comfortable in the glare of New York. And while Los Angeles certainly isn’t a smaller market, he’ll arrive with much less fanfare as the Dodgers look to fix him.
“We know the caliber player he is, the talented player he is, and in the window of time we had him, we were unable to unlock that for whatever reason, ” Cashman said. “He gave it his best shot of him. We had high hopes and I’m sure he did, too. “