The New York Yankees are playing great baseball this year as they have a record of 38-15, which is the best record in baseball. However, they could be looking to trade at least one player off of their roster: outfielder Joey Gallo. And, perhaps, one team that could be interested in Gallo is the Colorado Rockies.
The Yankees expressed interest in trading Gallo elsewhere this past offseason but never did and now, he is not playing very well for them.
He is hitting a mere .173 with an on-base percentage of .276 and a slugging percentage of .301. That production is similar to the production that Sam Hilliard has had for the Rockies in 2022 (which hasn’t been good).
However, considering his recent past play, his defense, and playing at Coors Field, should the Rockies consider trading for Joey Gallo?
Should the Colorado Rockies trade for New York Yankees outfielder Joey Gallo?
While the thought may be intriguing for a few reasons, there are a lot of reasons for the Colorado Rockies not to trade for New York Yankees outfielder Joey Gallo.
First and foremost, they already have a lot of outfielders. In fact, if they are all healthy, they have too many outfielders as it is.
While Gallo would provide the Rockies with some much-needed power, Gallo strikes out a ton. He led the majors in strikeouts in 2021 with 213. The only reason why he isn’t in the lead this year is that he has only started in 68 percent of the Yankees’ games this season.
In theory, he should be better at the plate at Coors Field because of the thin air but Yankee Stadium is a bandbox and he hasn’t been particularly great there. In fact, his home/road splits are nearly identical.
Defensively, the two-time Gold Glove winner would be an upgrade, in theory. Most of the stats show that his defense has regressed since joining the Yankees.
He would be a cheap option for the Rockies since he is a free agent at the end of the season but as our colleague Tim Boyle noted last week in this article for our parent site, FanSided.com, Gallo is not a good fit for really any team but the Rockies may view him as a fit more than other teams.
Joey Gallo is not a great fit for the Colorado Rockies but he’s not a great fit for the New York Yankees so, perhaps, if Colorado’s outfield isn’t healthy or want a defensive upgrade, Gallo could be a fit. But if Gallo keeps hitting like he is and the Rockies keep playing as poorly as they have been, Gallo will likely be playing with another team that is not the Rockies in the near future.