Colorado Rockies: A potential trade with the Texas Rangers?

ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 05: Joey Gallo #13 of the Texas Rangers watches the ball on a solo home run in the second inning of a baseball game agaisnt the Boston Red Sox at Globe Life Park in Arlington on May 5, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 05: Joey Gallo #13 of the Texas Rangers watches the ball on a solo home run in the second inning of a baseball game agaisnt the Boston Red Sox at Globe Life Park in Arlington on May 5, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images) /
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TORONTO, ON – APRIL 27: Joey Gallo #13 of the Texas Rangers circles the bases after hitting a two-run home run in the first inning during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on April 27, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON – APRIL 27: Joey Gallo #13 of the Texas Rangers circles the bases after hitting a two-run home run in the first inning during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on April 27, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /

Before discuss what the Rockies could send in return, you may ask what Gallo’s stats look like in 2018 thus far.

In 2018, he has had a mixed bag, depending on what you are looking for. His slash line in 2018 is .200/.281/.475. The first two numbers are not ones that are particularly great but the slugging percentage is great. Also, he is currently tied for the lead in the AL in home runs with 13. He’s on pace to hit 49 home runs and 102 RBI. Globe Life Park in Arlington is a hitter’s park but it’s nothing compared to Coors Field. If he were to play half of his games at Coors Field, he could easily hit 60+ homers.

However, he also strikes out in droves. If there is something more than droves, he would qualify in that category. He has played in 43 games and he has struck out 61 times. That puts him on pace for an alarming 230 times. If that pace continues, he would beat the old all-time single season record put forth by former Rockie Mark Reynolds with his 223 strikeouts in 2009, when he was with the Diamondbacks.

Looking at his contract, Gallo is only making a little over the league minimum in 2018 as he is making $560,000. He’s not even arbitration eligible until the 2019-2020 offseason and he’s not free agent eligible until the 2022-2023 offseason

So, the home runs and RBI are great (and have a potential to be even greater at Coors Field) but you would also have to take the bad with the low average and high strikeout rate.

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