Now that the New York Yankees have acquired Joey Gallo, the left-handed power hitter they’ve been trying to get into their lineup for so long, one has to assume they’ll be looking to lock him up to a long-term contract as early as this offseason.
And it’s not inconceivable to envision the Yankees re-signing Anthony Rizzo as well, who they also acquired at the trade deadline from the Chicago Cubs. Rizzo, 31, is a free agent after this season and is off to a good start in his very young Yankee career.
On the right side of the plate, of course, remains Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge. The Yankees now feature unbelievable power in their lineup, but how likely is it that they can keep it?
Let’s assume Gallo is signed to a long-term deal – it’s going to be a big one. Gallo, 27, is a two-time All-Star with a 122 wRC+ over the past three seasons with an elite ability to get on base to go along with his elite power. The Yankees will certainly live with the strikeouts, which are bountiful, but there really isn’t a player in baseball quite like Gallo. And if he were to play his home games at Yankee Stadium, it wouldn’t be hard to imagine 30 home runs and 100 RBIs on a yearly basis.
Stanton is currently signed through 2027 (with a 2028 team option), making a cool $29 million this year and next, $32 million from 2023-2025, $29 million in 2026, and $25 million in 2027. The Marlins are helping to pay some of that contract on the backend, but the 31-year-old outfielder is going to be in New York for a long time.