Brewers’ Trade Target: Joey Gallo

Brewers’ Trade Target: Joey Gallo

The Milwaukee Brewers entered the All-Star break in fairly good position. They are four games up in the National League Central. Milwaukee is sending five players to the All-Star game, tying a franchise record set in 2018 and 2019. Additionally, they went 20-13 in a stretch in which they played 33 games in 34 days. However, the Brewers’ offense still lacks the consistency that many believe is necessary in order to be serious contenders. One way in which the Brewers could improve their offense is by trading for Texas All-Star and Home Run Derby participant, Joey Gallo.

Joey Gallo This Season

This season, Joey Gallo is slashing .239/.402/.522 with 24 home runs and 54 RBI. In addition, Gallo leads the American League in walks with 72 and has a OPS+ of 152. Furthermore, Gallo has been a force in right field for Texas, cutting down runners on the base paths with sharp, fast, and accurate throws that are as highlight worthy as his home runs.

Why Gallo Makes Sense for Milwaukee

Joey Gallo would be a superb pickup for the Milwaukee Brewers for many reasons. Offensively, no Brewers’ players is anywhere close to matching Gallo’s 24 home runs so far this season. Additionally, only Avisail Garcia has more RBI than Gallo (55 compared to Gallo’s 54). While Gallo does strike out quite a bit (108 so far this year), his OBP more than makes up for it. The Brewers have multiple players with OBP’s in the high .300’s, and adding another player with a .400 OPB will certainly equal more runs for Milwaukee.

Defensively, Gallo is a Gold Glove winner (2020), which would bring the Brewers’ total number of Gold Glove outfielders to four. Christian Yelich, Lorenzo Cain, and Jackie Bradley Jr. have all won Gold Glove as well. More importantly this season, however, Gallo would provide health and consistent at-bats. Yelich and Cain have each spent time on the IL this season. Garcia has been streaky, but overall the Brewers’ best offensive bat in the outfield. Jackie Bradley Jr. has been disappointing, to say the least.

In addition to the outfield, Gallo has spent time at first base in his career. As many Brewers’ fans know, first base has been a frustration for the team all season. Keston Hiura has been sent down to Triple A Nashville on two occasions due to his struggles at the plate. Daniel Vogelbach has not been awful, but is currently sidelined for a while with a hamstring injury. Recently acquired Rowdy Tellez has not played enough to tell if he will work out or not. However, if Gallo is available, the Brewers must look into him.

Finally, Gallo is a left-handed power hitter. American Family Field is a left-handed hitter’s paradise with a short porch in right field. If Gallo were to become a Brewer, he could feast in Milwaukee in a way in which few have been able.

The Cost

Unfortunately, to acquire a player of Joey Gallo’s caliber, much will be required in return. For the Brewers, it could mean giving up Brice Turang, Aaron Ashby, and/or another top prospect. The Brewers have a plethora of talented pitchers in their system, which Texas will certainly want as part of a trade for Gallo.

The other thing to keep in mind when considering Joey Gallo is that he is under club control for only one more year after this season. In other words, the Brewers would be guaranteed to have his services for the rest of 2021 and all of 2022. After that, he would become an unrestricted free agent. Gallo is making $6.2 million this season, and will almost assuredly be granted a raise in arbitration ahead of 2022. However, the Brewers were willing to pay Jackie Bradley Jr. over $10 million per season. Perhaps they just might be able to pull it off.

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Robin Adams

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