When the New York Yankees acquired Joey Gallo before the MLB trade deadline in 2021, it was viewed as a huge addition for a team with World Series aspirations. Fast forward a year later, the best team in baseball could be looking to dispose of one of its most expendable players.

New York paid a significant price for Gallo, sending a trade package headlined with Ezequiel Duran, Glenn Otto and Josh Smith to the Texas Rangers. Brought in for his defense, versatility and massive power, Gallos is one of the most disappointing players in MLB in the last year.

  • Joey Gallo stats (New York Yankees): .164/.292/.372, 38.7% strikeout rate, 89 wRC+, .664 OPS

The results since he put on a Yankees uniform have been disastrous. Unfortunately, it’s even worse this season. As June comes to a close, Gallo’s slash line .169/.280/339 and 38.9% strikeout rate are among the lowest in baseball.

It’s evident the 6-foot-5 outfielder needs a change of scenery. While Brian Cashman won’t like it, the club will have to sell low. With that in mind, let’s examine three potential landing spots for Joey Gallo.


Joey Gallo traded to the San Diego Padres

It’s no secret that San Diego Padres general manager A.J. Preller loves Joey Gallo. He tried to acquire him from the Rangers in 2021 and even attempted to buy low on him this winter from New York. With the Yankees likely more open to moving him now, Preller would jump at an opportunity to buy.

  • San Diego Padres trade: Ray Kerr, Tirso Ornelas
  • New York Yankees trade: Joey Gallo

Kerr, the No. 23 Padres’ prospect by MLB Pipeline, would provide some depth to the Yankees’ bullpen. The 27-year-old southpaw has spent the majority of his 2022 season at Triple-A (4.50 ERA), using an above-average fastball and decent secondary pitches. Ornelas, one a top-10 prospect in the system, offers intriguing power but likely needs a change of scenery.

From San Diego’s perspective, it gets Gallo out of New York. While some players thrive under the lights at Yankee Stadium, Gallo joins Sonny Gray among those who never fit. Gallo’s 18.8% Barrel rate this season isn’t too far off from his career 20.1% rate and he can play the corner outfield or first base. Even if he only returns to 30-homer power and a .750-plus OPS, that’s a worthwhile addition for the Padres at a low cost.